Nobody is sure how hockey fans are going to react to the second significant work stoppage in nine years, with the previous one (2004-5) wiping out an entire season, and this one headed toward what seemed to be the same, unavoidable fate until an 11th hour (and 59th minute) agreement among the NHLPA and owners. But one city appears to be leading the forgiveness train as if Jesus were the conductor. Reports out of Buffalo, New York, are that the Sabres have 14,000 tickets left. Not for the home opener. For the entire season. Tickets in Buffalo went like hot cakes once finally placed on sale after the schedule was set, with 31,000 going to season ticket holders in the first day.
I wouldn’t exactly call Buffalo a harbinger of sales for other franchises, I’d bet there will be a number of fans in markets that feature NBA and MLB that will more, or less, “punt” this season. But hockey fans are probably among the heartiest, to me seeming the most engaged in the action and knowledgeable of the intricacies and Buffalo is among the best. Especially for a team that has never won the Stanley Cup. Although from what I hear, there are still fans driving around in Buffalo with bumper stickers saying “No Goal”.
- Dave (@lhd_on_sports)
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