Hockey fans in Jamestown are just as excited as those in Buffalo to hear the NHL lockout is over. YNN's Mark Goshgarian tells us what the new deal means for local business and area hockey players.
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — He's been a Buffalo Sabres fan for about a decade.
"I think its time for the Sabres to bring it home, I think everybody's waiting for it and I'm one of them," said Jim Mistretta.
Jim Mistretta of Ashville is anxious for the team to get back on the ice after hearing a potential deal has been reached to end the four-month NHL lockout.
"I think its great. Everybody's been waiting, and nobody wanted a lockout but, you know, we're ready to roll and all the fans are ready to go also," said Mistretta.
"I wish it would have gotten done about two months ago, but at least it's done," said Jim Mee.
Jim Mee, owner of Gametime Sports Bar and Grill in Jamestown, says despite the strong NFL crowd, he has experienced a drop in weekend business.
"Now with football coming to an end, here with a few more weeks, and then the Super Bowl, it'll be a good shot in the arm," sid Mee.
Not only does the return of the NHL score big with bar owners and hockey fans, those with the Jamestown Ironmen hope its stirs some renewed interest in the team.
"So, they'll go watch a couple games, say ah, the Ironmen are playing this weekend, we don't have time to get to Buffalo, or we don't have the money to get to Buffalo, so why don't we go watch them, so we're hoping that'll obviously put some people in our stands," said Dan Daikawa, Jamestown Ironmen GM, Head Coach.
Daikawa says the NHL may now sign more college players, which he says could provide future opportunities for members of his young team to advance.