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Bruins Andrew Ference, Milan Lucic apologize to fans for lockout

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  January 6, 2013 10:19 AM

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Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was among the NHL players present for this morning's announcement that a deal had been reached to end the NHL lockout.

Soon thereafter, he took to Twitter to speak his mind.

"As players we can now do what we do best. Proudly pull on our jerseys and play with complete passion for our cities and fans. I hope that we can replace the intense negativity brought on our sport with a reminder of how great it can be when the action is on the ice," he wrote, adding, "From my grandparents to our B’s fans, I am deeply sorry that we had to miss so much hockey. All we can do now is play our hearts out for you."

While his message to hockey nation seemed pretty sincere, Ference preceded it with something a little more personal and humorous. Ference is known for his concern for environmental issues, as well as his wry wit.

"For every NHL pass, a tree will be planted. Every NHL goal, a solar panel will be installed. Wait… what? Those proposals didn’t get in?!?," he tweeted.

Twitter was a prime source for reaction following the news Sunday morning. Among the notable commentary:

Bruins left wing Milan Lucic:

(Note: The above tweet was later corrected by Lucic to read "Best Serbian Christmas")

Oilers player Ryan Whitney, who attended Boston University, referring to the early December report by Channel 4's Steve Burton that the lockout could be settled soon.

Former NHL player Jeremy Roenick:

ESPN's John Buccigross:

NESN Bruins broadcaster Andy Brickley:

The Los Angeles Kings' official Twitter account:

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