Furious American puck fans feeling our pain

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

Contrary to popular belief, American sports fans say they too are angered by the cancellation of the NHL season. Followers of the Stanley Cup-champion Tampa Bay Lightning hurled more than just insults at the TV during the demise of pro hockey, said Newks Cafe manager Susie Small.

"People were booing and hissing and throwing napkins during Wednesday's announcement," said Small, whose watering hole is beside the Lightning's St. Pete Times Forum.

"We've gone from bringing in a thousand fans, or two thousand when the arena is at capacity, to zero," she said. "Our biggest disappointment is that we haven't seen even our regular fans."

In Phoenix, Fox Sports Grill manager Mike Richter said the cancellation won't hurt until the playoffs.

During the Stanley Cup, hundreds of fans turned out, thanks to snowbirds and a growing hockey market in Arizona.


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