GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It’s game on for Hockey. The players will hit the ice this season assuming the tentative deal agreed to this weekend goes through.
If it does, the first Coyotes home game could be as early as January 19 against the Los Angeles Kings.
“Just looking forward to having the Coyotes back here, having the fans back here, hopefully getting the 'white out' and excited for next year,” said Aron Hernandez, who works at McFadden’s.
Business owners at Westgate couldn’t be happier hearing the lockout is over. After all, they rely heavily on Jobing.com Arena activities to survive.
“We're excited for the business to come back. We love the people in here. We love the fans more than anything. We love making the place fun and like I said the NHL is where it's at for us,” said DJ Black, who works at Calico Jacks.
Last week, businesses got a much needed boost when the Fiesta Bowl was in town.
“Definitely a sea of purple out here. We were hospitable to Kansas fans, Oregon fans, so we're happy they came out here and had a good time,” said Hernandez.
Once the league and the player's union deal is finalized, It'll be a condensed hockey season as they try to squeeze in about 50 games in three months.
“Hopefully it'll be shoulder to shoulder, but in the best way, we'll have some good madness going on, good madness,” said Black.