Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 1/10/13
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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. As Thursday mornings informal skate by Florida Panthers players concluded, free agent Alexei Kovalev stepped off the ice to give his stick to a female fan in a wheelchair.It was a nice gesture that rewarded one Panthers fan for returning to support her favorite team immediately after the NHL lockout. I was disappointed in the lockout, even mad at times, but I love the game and players too much to not give them a second chance, said the fan, Jen Babicz, who also had her jersey signed by right wing Kris Versteeg. I believe the players and owners apologies. Its time for the game to continue to grow. Just happy to have hockey back.But what will it take to re-engage the many fans who remain angry that more than three months of the NHL season have been lost?I cant speak for them, I know we have a lot of work to do, Panthers executive vice presidentgeneral manager Dale Tallon said. We can only focus on what our jobs are. Our task at hand is to put the best possible tea...
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