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NHL memorabilia shop manager “suffering” because of lockout

Oct 13, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

The Montreal Canadiens are introduced before playing against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre on May 20, 2010 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images))
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Even in a city as passionate about hockey as Montreal, the lockout causing the locals to pass on Canadiens memorabilia, and that hurts shop managers like Santana Enrique.

Enrique has spent 16 years working at Sports Crescent and since the lockout started, he’s been “suffering,” based on what he said in an Ottawa Sun report.

Enrique pays about $12,000 a month in rent for his store recently sold all of $146 worth of goods over the span of five hours.

“It’s worthless without the Canadiens and no hockey,” Enrique said.

“People have stopped buying NHL (gear). They’ve turned to the NFL and to baseball. Hockey, there is nothing. Our store is 70% of hockey (sales) and then other sports. I’m completely depressed. It’s awful.

“This morning, I was quiet. I can’t talk to the customers. I have no energy to talk. No power to beg them to buy. I put the stuff at 50%, they can buy it or leave it. I’m not going to make money at 50% off.”

The longer the lockout goes on, the longer local businesses that have come to rely on hockey will have to be forced to endure until the owners and players agree on a way to divide the reported $3.3 billion in hockey-related revenues.

The two sides are expected to meet on Tuesday, but we’re going to have to wait to see what those talks will even focus on.

The union and owners have largely avoided the key economic issues in their recent discussions, despite NHLPA’s Steve Fehr suggesting that a deal could be done in “six hours” if the two sides were able to come to an understanding on the “major issues.”

  1. dalimanvan - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    To give you an idea, our “beer leauge” started up and most the guys in the rooms are saying they won’t buy any NHL gear this year, or even for years to come, both sides are to blame and Gary ” little man” sindrome Bettman the most.

    • homerx - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      Agreed, I refuse to buy any NHL related items this year. I will watch my team (NYR) when they start up again but no more turning to NHL network or anything else hockey related. I even replaced my Rangers phone skinit with something else. Greed, greed, greed.

  2. antkowiak666 - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    it’s a shame that it’s the little people that suffer the most,through these kind of ordeals.

  3. superross - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    NHL= Nother Hockey Lockout

  4. ducksk - Oct 13, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    There are 10’s of thousands of stories like the shop owner. And billionaire owners fighting millionaire athletes who act like greedy children on both sides. What they all must know is we are mad as hell and not takin it any more. Bastards all of them.

  5. firemarshal1 - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Tick, tock that’s stupidity by the NHLPA. With Donald Fehr in control there will be NO deal. Mr. Fehr thinks the NHL owners will cave in. How much money is enough? Ok, you make 6 million instead of 8 million. Or 1.25 million, instead of 1.5 million?????? What will the players make if the season is cancelled? ZERO, nothing, zippo, but hey the players showed the Owners who’s in control???? Once again stupidity is displayed.

    The NHL fan doesn’t give a rat’s ass who wins in CBA, only when do the games start again? That’s it.

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      That level of intentional ignorance is why lockouts happen on a regular basis. The NHL is counting on that.

  6. capsfan19 - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Yea go ahead bettman lets just screw everyone else over.

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