The coach of the St. John's IceCaps says he's excited that the National Hockey League lockout has come to an end, following a tentative deal that was reached by the league and the players' union on Jan. 6.

Keith McCambridge said he expects the talent in the American Hockey League to even out as many players get the call from their parent NHL clubs.

He said the big league also serves as something for his players to work towards in the American Hockey League.

"We're a team that has an older group of guys, so obviously the motivation when you get in the back half of your career is to get to the national league to earn that NHL salary," said McCambridge.

IceCaps defenceman Paul Postma said he's relieved that the lockout is over.

He signed a contract with parent team Winnipeg Jets in the off-season, but played with St. John's during the dispute.

Postma said that he's enjoyed the time he's spent in St. John's, but all career hockey players are aiming for the big league.

"Being here in St. John's has been great and I love this city; I love the team," he said. "When you sign that first contract, you know, you're through the roof with excitement and joy, so I'm excited it's back on."

Other IceCaps players are also expected to get called up, including defenceman Zach Redmond.

McCambridge said he does not know how many of the IceCaps players will get a call from the Winnipeg Jets.

However, there is speculation that two or three defencemen and one or two forwards will be called up.