King confident fans will tough it out

NADIA MOHARIB -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

The 2004 Stanley Cup marathon run will forever remain in the memories of Calgary Flames fans, says team president Ken King.

And despite the NHL lockout, which put the 2004-05 season on ice, fans will tough it out until the team is back in the game for a potential return to glory, he said.

While both sides of the labour dispute say there remains work to be done to reach a deal, whispers of late suggest the NHL will be back in business soon.

"The fever pitch created through that run captured the imagination of the city, the province and country," King said yesterday.

"You still hear people talk about it now.

"It was just something that came together magically, you never really know why and are almost certain it can never be replicated."

King said part of the magic rests in the reality the Calgary Flames made a surprise appearance in the playoffs.

"It was an inspirational run from a group of people who were not really supposed to do that," he said.

"It was a very special period of time that will endure in memories forever."

The labour dispute led to the loss, through attrition, of about 50 of 130 "very good" employees, King said. "There are no economics that work when the core of your business is eviscerated."

But King is confident of a comeback which will see fans stick by the team which earned so much support during its most recent bid for the Stanley Cup.


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