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“Huge thank you to all the players who put in countless hours during these negotiations!” he wrote.

Bettman and Fehr said in the early-morning briefing in New York that they wouldn’t be taking any questions. One slipped through, about how to get fans back after this long, tiresome process.

“Hopefully within just a very few days the fans can get back to watching people who are skating, not the two of us,” Fehr said.

“Absolutely,” Bettman said.