Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/04/05 at 09:05 AM ET
Island businesses that saw profits melt away during the NHL's 18-month sabbatical are gearing up for the October return of the New York Islanders. "We're psyched," said Jerry Rizzo, food and beverage director at the Long Island Marriott Hotel, which houses Champions Sports Bar a few hundred feet from Nassau Coliseum. "We're starting to get our promotions together with the different liquor and beer companies. We can't wait." Champions took the biggest hit when hockey disappeared. The bar and grill is legendary among Islander fans as the prime spot to party on game nights, especially when it's too cold to sip spirits in the Coliseum parking lot. For Rizzo and the Champions staff, the hockey lockout felt much longer than the 18 months that have passed so far.
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