Super fans deliver their deadline

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

Hockey super fans Ron and Barbara Erickson of Nebraska are hanging onto their Calgary Flames season tickets for now.

But the NHL fanatics, who also sport season tickets for the Edmonton Oilers, will rethink their commitment should the current lockout last into next season.

Wednesday's cancellation of the NHL campaign has already pushed the hockey-crazy couple to drop their partial season-ticket investments with the Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings.

"The way I feel right now, I would cancel them both with the Flames and Oilers if this continues past September," said Erickson, a retired businessman from Scottsbluff, Neb.

"Then it would take time to get back into the flow again. I was really mad at the baseball strike in the mid '90s and I never have gone back."

The couple's love of hockey is well-documented in ticket stubs, airplane schedules and travel and rental-car receipts they've collected in trying to meet the goal of seeing 800 NHL games in 10 years.

Last season alone, the Ericksons travelled continent-wide, spending $20,000 to attend more than 80 contests, including 22 of the 26 Flames playoff games, and could be seen dressed in the Flaming 'C' jersey trying to high-five Jarome Iginla in enemy arenas.

They love and follow the Alberta teams, in particular, because they say the fans and organizations here are first class.

"But even though my wife and I are the two biggest fans in the NHL, we've lost our enthusiasm," said Erickson, whose spouse is a retired forensic document examiner.


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