The Summerside Western Capitals are enjoying a 25 per cent increase in attendance this season, and the P.E.I. hockey team is crediting the NHL lockout.
"People are looking for their hockey fix. We have a beautiful rink here in Summerside," said Caps general manager Pat McIver.
"The NHL comes back, people sit at home and watch hockey on TV rather than maybe coming out to the rink so, you know, I don't like to say it too loud but it's been a benefit to us for sure."
Fans turning out for the games are enjoying some winning hockey as well. The Western Caps are an impressive 8-1-1 this season. The team is hoping to carry on its success into the spring, when it is hosting the National Junior A championship.
The ticket sales jump from the NHL lockout may not last much longer. The league made a new proposal to players Tuesday. A full 82-game season, starting in early November, is still a possibility.