Some hockey fans in Calgary are filling their NHL hockey void with some WHL action.

Attendance was up at Saturday night's Calgary Hitmen 4-2 win over the Red Deer Rebels at the Saddleome — reaching more than 8,000 people.

Hitmen director of business Mike Moore says if this NHL lockout is anything like the last one, the crowds will continue to grow.

"It was pretty significant the last time," he said. 

"The Calgary Hitmen had the largest hockey attendence in North America for the last lockout, it was reported, so crowds were certainly big. It really started kicking about November, December and then just took off from there once the season was cancelled. And people started coming to get their hockey fix at major junior games."

The Hitmen will be taking on the Kamloops Blazers Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m.

It's the third game in as many days, with Calgary winning their last two games.