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Canadians largely holding on to NHL season tickets

Dec 29, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

Winnipeg Jets

Plenty of people have voiced their frustration and anger over the ongoing NHL lockout, but if you’re a season-ticket holder in Canada, odds are you’re still holding onto your seats.

It is believed that less than 200 season-tickets have been canceled among the seven Canadian franchises since the start of the lockout, according to the Globe and Mail.

The team that’s endured the best so far in that regard is the Winnipeg Jets. After finally witnessing the NHL’s return to Winnipeg, not a single Jets’ season-ticket holder has given up his seats as a result of this lockout.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are reporting one cancelation over the course of the lockout while the Montreal Canadiens have endured eight.

Part of the reason for that might be the difficulty involved in getting season-tickets in the first place. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging a couple cancelations per week, but they have a waiting list almost 7,000 seats long. Montreal and Winnipeg’s waiting lists are even longer.

Most Canadian season-ticket holders are also allowed to pick between getting interest on the money they’ve paid or receiving refunds as contests get canceled.

Of course, we ultimately won’t know what impact this lockout will have on the growth of the game until it ends.

The NHL recently made a new CBA proposal and the union is reportedly preparing its counteroffer.

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