Fans set for Civic duty

Derek Puddicombe -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

It looks like Ottawa 67's owner Jeff Hunt will be one of the few to prosper from the NHL player lockout. With fans left wondering how to fill their time after NHL club owners officially locked out their players yesterday, many have decided the next best thing will be to head to the Civic Centre to catch a 67's game.

"I'm going to a lot more 67's games," said David Burkitt, who takes in about a half-dozen Senators games each season. "Maybe I'll head over to Hull as well."

Burkitt also plays a couple of pickup games a week with a local men's hockey league and says he might add a game or two to his schedule this year.

Burkitt's friend Jarred Desjardins will probably catch up on some reading during the lockout, which some are saying could last at least 18 months.

"I definitely won't watch more soccer," said Desjardins.

Kevin Trevorton, a Sens season ticket holder, and friend Curtis Disipio are disappointed with the lockout, but taking in a few 67's games is going to be a good alternative.

"What else is there to do in winter?" said Disipio. "Hockey is the only sport I watch. I'll go to more 67's games."

Dan Sparling agrees that the best alternative is a 67's game.

"You can't even park at the Corel Centre for the price of a 67's game," said Sparling.

derek.puddicombe@ott.sunpub.com


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