Players React To Tentative Agreement On Twitter

After a marathon sixteen-hour bargaining session that began on Saturday and ended early Sunday morning in New York, the NHLPA and the NHL unveiled that they have reached a tentative framework for a new collective bargaining agreement. At 5:30 a.m., NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman met with media to make the big announcement.

Boston Bruins defenceman Andrew Ference, who was participating in the bargaining session, was the first player to allude to the lockout being over via Twitter. At 5:02 a.m. Ference tweeted a ‘thumbs up’ emoticon, which sent the media, players, and fans into a frenzy.

 

During the 2004/05 lockout, social media was not a factor. Facebook had just launched in February, and Twitter wouldn’t exist until July of 2006. During the 2012/13 owner-imposed lockout, it has played one of the most critical roles in both developing and telling the story as it unfolded.

Shortly after news began to break on Sunday morning, one-by-one players took to Twitter to express their relief, joy, and excitement over the possibility of a 2013/14 season puck-dropping very soon.



Twitter also enabled players to share their gratitude directly with fans for standing their patience by them throughout what proved to be a tough negotiation process.


 

And, of course, the players wasted no time getting back to a little friendly chirping:




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