GLENDALE, AZ - It was the night die hard hockey fans in the Valley had been waiting for.
The Coyotes were back on the ice and that meant fans were out in full force hoping their team brings them a victory.
"I'm going to yell my butt off. I'm going to be so happy," fan Zoe Paul said
There was happiness and smiles as fans poured into Jobing.com arena Sunday night.
And laughter seemed to be the theme among committed fans.
But for one mom and son duo the game meant serious business. And they weren't about to let anyone get in their way.
"I've been out here already for an hour waiting," said Christopher Apostle. "I'm going to beat that mad rush. I'm going to get the new Coyote gear and we are going to roll."
It's been a long time in the making.
The NHL lockout forced these fans to wait nearly four months for a game.
With a shorter season ahead they're putting the pressure on.
"We need it. We've been waiting," said Elaine Apostle. "They have to be here. They have to stay here. We have to make sure we do everything we can so they continue."
For these fans, it's all about moving forward and howling their team to a victory.
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