NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr
Flyers All-Star Claude Giroux posted on Twitter that Sunday was a beautiful day for hockey. Other players around the league shared the same sentiment.
After 16 hours of tense talks, the NHL and its players finally achieved their elusive deal early Sunday morning, finding a way to restart a sport desperate to regain momentum and boost its prominence.
The clock struck midnight, and the NHL turned into another sports league closed for business.