The NHL lockout’s impact stretched far and wide, with players, employees, fans and business owners all feeling the effects of the labor stoppage. So now that hockey is back, it’s understandable that people are a little excited.

NESN’s Jamison Coyle caught up with some excited hockey enthusiasts over near TD Garden on Sunday, and he found there to be a common theme among them: The world is a better place with hockey in it.

One fan likened hockey’s return to Christmas morning, which we all know is awesome. Another said that not even a shortened season can take away from his joy, as a shorter season beats no season at all.

Check out the video above from NESN Daily to hear more from fans near the Garden.