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Joffrey Lupul is tired of being locked out of restaurants too

Dec 16, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

It’s not easy being a locked out NHL player. You can’t use team facilities to work out. You can’t use team ice to practice. You can’t use anything that has to do with your team, period.

Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul found out, as the National Post’s Sean Fitz-Gerald notes, that also means not getting reservations at Real Sports, a sports bar next to Air Canada Centre in Toronto. He took his complaints to Twitter for good measure.

Real Sports is run by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the same company that runs the Leafs, Raptors, Marlies, and Toronto FC soccer club. Apparently that means they can’t associate with any of the NHL players because of the lockout as well.

And here you thought the lockout couldn’t get any sillier. Maybe next time Lupul, or any other player who might want to go tip a few back there, can make a reservation under a fake name. I hear Abe Froman is a good name to use in Chicago.

  1. ducksk - Dec 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    4.25 million. Jeff, c’mon man, Micky D’s don’t take reservations either. Or were you going there to buy 1 of your own sweaters?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 16, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      Who’s Jeff?

  2. ravenscaps48 - Dec 16, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    All restaurants surrounding NHL Arenas should do this. They are losing thousands of dollars with every home game lost. I feel bad for them the same, if not more than us fans.

  3. orangeandblack67 - Dec 16, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    He does make a good point about the sweaters though. The league chose to keep from playing while the new CBA was worked out. The players should fight the sale of their names during this god awful lockout.

    • barkar942 - Dec 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM

      They had better not stop selling their sweaters. After the idiots decertify, those $300 sweaters will become collectors items!
      Ten years from now, they will be selling old NHL sweaters for thousands on Ebay- except for his.

  4. phipfwe76 - Dec 16, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    I do feel bad for him. That place is an awesome sports bar, (Minus the awful prices that come with every sports bar next to a stadium/arena) and it’s far better than anything we have here in Philly. Even the newly opened Xfinity Live.

  5. ducksk - Dec 16, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    How many Jeff sweaters u think they r selling? 0? Is my guess.

    • skillful999 - Dec 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      prolly more lupul jerseys sold in toronto during the lockout than getzlaf jerseys sold in anahiem during a regular season 😛

  6. ducksk - Dec 16, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    You missed my point. I don’t think sweaters of anyone are generating much income right now. Accept Sid’s.

  7. ducksk - Dec 16, 2012 at 7:43 PM


  8. blomfeld - Dec 16, 2012 at 10:37 PM


    This pampered, bourgeois “parasite” Lupul should take a moment to consider the current plight of one of the world’s most noble and long-standing creatures, the African elephant. Only two days ago after a bust in Malaysia of ivory tusks bound for China, it was reported that the entire elephant population is now well on it’s way to outright extinction within 30 years ! So while an incredible of species of life is headed for outright annihilation, this sickening and useless “pansy” Lupul is worried about his dinner reservations at some pathetic fascist restaurant ? Well I say FU Lupul ! .. FU Maple Excrement !! .. and FU Maple Excrement Sports and Entertainment !!!

  9. sjm1717 - Dec 17, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Poor guy can’t go eat at a restaurant…must be so hard

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