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Ted Leonsis thanks Caps fans for patience during lockout

(Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

Caps owner Ted Leonsis released a statement thanking fans for their “patience, support and understanding” during the NHL lockout, which finally is coming to an end after a marathon bargaining session on Day 113.

Here’s the full statement:

“We are extremely excited that the National Hockey League has reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement with the Players’ Association, pending final approval on both sides. This is certainly welcome news for all of us – fans, players, corporate partners, local businesses, broadcast rights holders, media, staff and owners – and especially our plan holders who have created such a fantastic Verizon Center atmosphere.

“Thanks to all of you for your patience, support and understanding during this process. We will continue to be in touch as more information becomes available, and all of us at the Capitals look forward to seeing you at Verizon Center in the coming weeks.”

More reaction from players to come later, so stay tuned.

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