Honestly, I didn't think they'd get it done, but they did and I'm as excited as anyone to finally watch the Phoenix Coyotes raise the Pacific Division Championship Banner at Jobing.com Arena.
But in all seriousness, hockey couldn't have afforded another lost season. If this lockout would have resulted in the loss of the 2012-2013 season, the NHL would have had a tough time convincing fans it's a serious professional sports league.
And all of this happening at the same time we find out that Greg Jamison is buying the Coyotes and they'll be staying here in the Valley for at least the next 20 years. Talk about irony. We've been struggling with ownership issues for three and a half years, and when we finally get an owner lined up, the league goes into a lockout!
Funny how things work out, but then again, they did settle on a new collective bargaining agreement so hockey will be back in the next couple of weeks.
Hockey fans, your prayers have been answered, and for those of us who really love hockey, we're only a few days away!
That's Fouhy on sports!