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NHL Lockout, Day 3: NHL Teams Notify Fans Of Policies During Labor Stoppage
Published September 18, 2012
DEAR SIR: In Calgary, Scott Cruickshank notes the Flames yesterday “sent out notices to all of its season-ticket holders, with kernels of optimism and hard figures.” The notices read in part, “Should games be formally cancelled, interest will be paid on the value of cancelled games at a rate of 3% per annum.” The Flames’ letter also “indicated that fans could opt for a full refund, but that avenue would cost them their seat.” Fans who choose a full refund would lose their "ticket allotment and seniority.” Flames President & CEO Ken King said that the seat loss “is standard.” Meanwhile, Cruickshank reports “paycuts are in effect" for the team's 160 staffers, though they are "for only those above a certain salary threshold” (CALGARY HERALD, 9/18). In San Jose, David Pollak notes the Sharks are not going to offer "interest on refunds for tickets to games that might be canceled." Sharks Exec VP/Business Operations Malcolm Bordelon said that most of the teams doing so “have collected 100 percent of the cost of 2012-13 season tickets, while the vast majority of San Jose fans have paid 70 percent to this point” (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/18). The Red Wings will "inform season-ticket holders later this week regarding refund policies for any potential canceled games” (DETROIT NEWS, 9/18).
INSIDE-OUT SWEATERS: In Vancouver, Brad Ziemer notes the Canucks yesterday in their first skate since the lockout “made a point by turning their Canuck practice jerseys inside out.” Canucks D Kevin Bieksa said, “We’re no longer employed by the Canucks so we’re not going to be representing them” (VANCOUVER SUN, 9/18). In Ottawa, Ken Warren notes several Senators players yesterday “arrived on the ice sweaterless, allowing their shoulder pads to show as they made a few laps of the ice.” Eventually, they “donned navy blue jerseys with 'Bell Sensplex' or 'Central Junior Hockey League' written on them for practice drills and a scrimmage." The club’s top prospects “chose to wear their Senators sweaters inside out” (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 9/18). In Nashville, Josh Cooper notes a group of Predators, prospects and former Predators yesterday at A-Game Sportsplex "practiced for the first time since the NHL lockout started." Only a couple of players “wore their official Predators practice jerseys” (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 9/18). Ice Sports Forum GM Brenda McKinnon said that 18 Lightning players yesterday “paid the same rate as anyone else to rent a rink” (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 9/18).
NO MIXING & MINGLING: In Philadelphia, Sam Carchidi notes six Flyers players yesterday “took part in a benefit golf tournament for area children's charities.” But Flyers employees “were told they could not be at a players' golf tournament during the lockout.” Flyers LW Scott Hartnell said, "I was a little upset about it. Even though we have a labor dispute right now, there shouldn't be any dispute about helping the (Hartnell Down) foundation" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/18).