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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Many hockey fans were excited Sunday to hear that games could be played soon at First Niagara Center.

After dealing with a lockout for past three months of the hockey season, the news of a possible agreement is something to celebrate.

"I can't wait. Can’t wait. I hope it's all televised and obviously it will make the season go by a lot faster," said Getzville Resident Nicole Walter.

"You still have the NFL and playoffs and stuff like that, but once that's over there's nothing to watch so I’m excited about hockey," said East Amherst Resident John Gangloff.

"We have a 13-year-old son that's a goalie and hockey fan, it's the only sport he plays and he's been depressed the whole time," said Pittsford Resident John Hernes.

However some fans say the lockout put a stain on this season.

"They should fire Bettman and all those guys because they don’t deserve the jobs they have," said Cheektowaga Resident McKenna Witkowski.

"It makes me wonder if it's even worthwhile at all and if any sort of Playoffs are even going to be manageable," said Getzville Resident Todd Walter.

Meanwhile Cobblestone Bar and Grill has been anxiously awaiting the start of the season since it relies heavily on First Niagara Events.

"It’s been pretty bad. We lost the majority of our revenue; you know the last half or what would be the beginning of the season," said Cobblestone Bar and Grill Co-Owner Darryl Carr.

Carr says they’ve already added 15 staff members due to the announcement, some were brought back and others are new hires.

Although the season will be shortened, he hopes the pent up excitement will get dollars rolling in soon.

"They didn’t spend any money the first half of the season so I’m hoping they'll budget a little bit more for the second half so maybe we can have some more business there," said Carr.

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