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Springfield Falcons and The NHL Lockout

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The NHL lockout is still disappointing hockey fans all over the country.

Friday the league officially canceled the Winter Class and so far there is no sign of an end to the lockout.

The Springfield Falcons aren’t seeing an increase because of the lockout like they had expected before the start of the season.

General Manager Bruce Landon says a bump could still come as the colder weather approaches.

“The weather is still nice people are outside in their yard, golf courses are still open, football is going on, World Series going on. We know we are up against a lot of competition,” said Landon.

He expects the numbers to pick up especially if the team continues to be successful.

The lack of hockey on TV is also hitting youth leagues. Westfield Youth Hockey President Paul Labbe says it’s changing the conversation among the players.

“We just see more kids talking about going to the Falcons and there is less talk about the Bruins or whatever their favorite NHL team was,” said Labbe.

According to Landon the Falcons are averaging 3,400 people a game. He’d like to see that number increase to 4,000 a game.

Friday the Falcons lost to the Hershey Bears 3-2.

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