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Players thrilled hockey is back

Updated: January 6, 2013, 7:32 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers All-Star Claude Giroux received the wakeup call he waited to hear for 113 days.

Locked out for months, the NHL was indeed ready to drop the puck.

"It's a beautiful day for Hockey," he posted Sunday on Twitter.

Call the overseas players and tell them to come on home to New Jersey and Pennsylvania and other states where the NHL only existed in the form of messy labor updates. The NHL and the players' association agreed on a tentative pact to end the lockout ...

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