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Hockey Fans May Have A Bitter Winter After NHL Locks Out Its Players

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The upcoming hockey season is on thin ice, after the National Hockey League has locked out its players for the second time in eight years.

The lockout took effect at midnight Saturday, when the league's collective bargaining agreement expired. Owners and players are battling over how to split $3 billion in revenue.

This is the fourth shutdown for the league since 1992, and the first since 2004, when the entire season wound up being canceled.

Barring a quick resolution, training camps that were set to start later this week will be postponed or canceled.

Preseason games are also in jeopardy, including a match-up between the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

After the New York Rangers came up just short of a trip to the Stanley Cup last season and acquired Rick Nash in the offseason, Blueshirts fans by Madison Square Garden were worried a potentially stellar season may be in jeopardy.

"It is getting old. It is getting old for me. I love it but at some point I may stop watching because I am just tired of the labor problems."

"It's disappointing, it's frustrating for the fans. It's something we do every weekend," said another fan.

"People still come out and load up the Garden. Even the blue seats on the top, it doesn't matter. It is really not fair to do this," said a third.

Millions of hockey fans are mourning the potential loss of their season, but one fan's wife told NY1 she is now hoping for some time away from the TV.

"We will probably go out to a movie or go out to dinner, something like that. So I won't miss it terribly. I am sure it will be back eventually. It's not gone forever," she said.

Other fans said it will be a long, cold winter without the NHL.

"It helps me get through the winter season. It gives me something to do. It entertains me for a few months. And they want to take that away, for what?" said a fan.

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