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Hockey fans cheer end of lockout

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Drop the puck. Drop the gloves. Hockey is back after a four-month hiatus due to a labor lockout. Christian Farrell spoke to some fans to find if if they've forgiven their favorite teams.

NEWBURGH, N.Y. - "There really wasn't anything to watch besides football. And hockey is my favorite sport," said youth hockey player Scott Banker.

After singing the blues for a long time, hockey fans young and old are now celebrating.
The National Hockey League is back in business after ending a four-month labor lockout.
Members of the Hudson Valley Polar Bears youth hockey team say let the games begin.

"I want to see the Bruins and Devils," said Banker.

"I watched college hockey, hoping that the lockout would be over," said Nicholas Bianchi of New Windsor.

"I'm really happy actually," said Peter Cappa of Cornwall.

Hockey fans, perhaps not the younger ones, unfortunately have become familiar with interrupted or canceled seasons due to labor disputes. This being the third one in less than 20 years.

"I think they should start planning ahead before, maybe a couple of years before and prevent this from happening," said Lou Cappa of Cornwall.

National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman offered fans this apology: "Most importantly to our fans, who've loved and missed NHL hockey. I'm sorry."

For these eight and nine year olds, the NHL lockout coming to an end is a big deal. They originally were scheduled to play a game in between periods of a Rangers game at Madison Square Garden. Now with the lockout over, they still hope to have that chance.

"I'm sure there's a lot of other teams in the same boat, so I don't know how they're going to pick the teams. It'd be a thrill for them. I hope it happens. If not, may be next year," said hockey coach Gary Sheeran.

At least this year, there will be a hockey season after all for everyone.

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