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The ‘losers’ are aplenty in an NHL lockout

ESPN's Craig Custance penned an Insider-only column pondering potential "winners" and "losers" of a lockout-shortened season, and while I can't share the entire story with you, the last three paragraphs will be doubly true when the Red Wings cancel training camp in a week or less:

The arena workers, hotel owners, bartenders and everyone else losing out: Lost in the battle as the NHL owners and players figure out how to divide record revenues is the fact that real people are hurt by a lockout. For example, in Traverse City, Mich., the Red Wings' annual prospect tournament normally would be naming a champion Wednesday. But the looming lockout meant the Red Wings had to scrap plans for the tournament this season and Red Wings training camp in Traverse City is now in serious trouble.

Terry Marchand is the executive director at Centre Ice Arena where the team plays and he estimates that the city will lose $3 million to $5 million this year without the prospect tournament, Red Wings training camp and the annual golf tournament. "We'll make it through, it's just going to be a very lean year for us," he said.

On top of the arena losses, the surrounding community is crushed with hundreds of hotel rooms empty without hockey. Extra shifts and money earned by employees this time of year don't exist. "I don't even want to think about it," Marchand said. "It's the hotels and all the entertainment venues. The gas stations, all the restaurants are really hit hard. They do very, very well [normally]. If they don't come to an agreement pretty quick, it's going to be devastating."

That's also going to be true for each and every one of the NHL's 30 cities' businesses, as well as game-night employees at rinks who may be facing 41 fewer paychecks (from ushers to concessions workers to security and broadcast employees), as well as the many team employees who will be laid off during the lockout...

It sucks all around.

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The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.