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08:21 AM ET 12.11 | Nearly from the outset, fan loyalty has been part of the lockout, used on both sides -- by owners hoping they will return to the game they love, and by players who hope a "we just want to play" mantra strikes a chord with them in both rapid and tepid hockey markets. Hockey fans across Canada are fed up with the NHL lockout and are bitter enough to walk away from the game they love, according to a recent poll. A whopping 76% of Canadians identifying themselves as fans of NHL hockey feel this season will be "lost entirely," and almost half said "they would be less likely to attend a game as a result of the lockout," according to an Abacus Data survey conducted this past weekend.

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December 11, 2012  08:36 AM ET
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And did they HAVE to put a Kessel pic up? Come on man.

Even Phil's not interested. Taking up golf.

December 11, 2012  08:42 AM ET

Fan Boycott!!!

December 11, 2012  09:01 AM ET
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And did they HAVE to put a Kessel pic up? Come on man.

Yep. They just lost the last 24%.

December 11, 2012  09:03 AM ET
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If this was NFL or MLB in the states, people would be losing their marbles this close to cancelling a season.

Having lived in the US for 12 years, I would respectfully disagree. A MLB shut down would not be nearly as big a deal as you suggest.

December 11, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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And did they HAVE to put a Kessel pic up? Come on man.

They used his photo because he is the only player who has NOT opened his yap and said something stooopid during this unfortunate lockout.

December 11, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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They used his photo because he is the only player who has NOT opened his yap and said something stooopid during this unfortunate lockout.



Nobody woke him up. He doesn't know there's a lockout.

December 11, 2012  09:22 AM ET

Last season i had spent big bucks on NHL related gift items; This year zero. I did buy a MALKIN/MAGNETOGOSK Sweater

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December 11, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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Somebody bring him a chocolate milk. Philip only awakens with a chocolate milk.

Even with a chocolate milk wakeup he won't be going to any meetings.

He heard they're being held in a corner office.

December 11, 2012  09:44 AM ET

And once the games start 95% of die hard fans will be back. Ho hum

December 11, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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And once the games start 95% of die hard fans will be back. Ho hum

Sadly you're right. It's a great game and true fans will return.

December 11, 2012  09:52 AM ET

Major Screw up alert !! A caller to a Calgary radio show stated last week that the Flames had actually sent out quarterly invoices to season ticket holders.....WTF ??? If i was a season ticket holder that invoice would now be firmly stuffed up Ken Kings nether region !

December 11, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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Even with a chocolate milk wakeup he won't be going to any meetings.He heard they're being held in a corner office.

Touche, **** Cat!

December 11, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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Touche, **** Cat!

Seriously?

December 11, 2012  10:22 AM ET
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Major Screw up alert !! A caller to a Calgary radio show stated last week that the Flames had actually sent out quarterly invoices to season ticket holders.....WTF ??? If i was a season ticket holder that invoice would now be firmly stuffed up Ken Kings nether region !

Nothing else to do in Alberta, might as well milk the Chets.

December 11, 2012  10:23 AM ET
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And once the games start 95% of die hard fans will be back. Ho hum

I'll be back for the playoffs. If and when they ever happen again.

 
December 11, 2012  10:27 AM ET
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Nothing else to do in Alberta, might as well milk the Chets.

New event for the Stampede?

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