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Fans React To The End of NHL Lockout

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By Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For the past four months about the only hockey being played or watched in Nashville has been at the Centennial Sportsplex where Predators fans were rejoicing in the return of their NHL team Sunday.

"I've got friends that work security at Bridgestone, and they haven't made any money, they basically have to work with half as much income," says John Higgins who was coaching a youth hockey team on Sunday morning.

With the NHL lockout, Predators fans have missed almost half a season of hockey. To say they were excited about the lockout being over with would be an incredible understatement.

"If we get 48 games in, great! Let's get 48 games in. It's better than nothing," Coach Higgins added.

The lockout has been tough for business in downtown Nashville too, where NHL games typically mean more business during the week when customers can be tough to come by.

"We've had to tighten up and make do with the other events going on downtown," says Brian Pedrick who managed Bailey's Sports Grille on Broadway.

Pedrick along with a handful of other bars and restaurants downtown hope the Predators' return means a return to business as usual as well.

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