Montreal Canadiens sold kids' tickets for $10 after returning from the lockout-canceled 2004-2005 season. Ottawa Senators gave their season ticket autographed jerseys. Vancouver Canucks gave their subscribers hockey history DVDs and hope that the team would challenge for the Stanley Cup.
"I still haven't got my DVD," said Matt Kaiser.
Last summer, Kaiser was hoping for a DVD-worthy season, climaxing with the Stanley Cup being hoisted near Stanley Park. Instead, the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2000.
"When they signed Markus Naslund they gave the message... we were going to make a run for the Cup, we were a team ready to go for it. Now where are we today? Absolutely disappointing."
Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over Colorado was announced as the Canucks' 127th consecutive sellout at the Garage. Instead of joining the thousands who stayed home, Sebastian LeMarque and Jamie Clarkson wore paper bags on their heads in protest.
"Any time you invest all your money [on tickets], that's one thing," Clarkson said. "But when you invest your emotions into this team when there's such high expectations, it's disgusting. Basically, let's go Lions! Forget about the Canucks!"