Proud NHL fans refuse to get iced out of action

Updated: January 23, 2013, 5:08 PM ET
Associated Press

The boycotts were threatened. The irate tweets were posted.

NHL fans were fed up with labor strife updates and they weren't coming back to the sport they loved once the lockout was lifted.

Except that they did. In most homes and arenas, they came in record numbers, unable to stay away for that first faceoff.

The fans partied in Nashville, Tenn., where $1 hot dogs helped woo Predators fans back to Bridgestone Arena.

In Ohio, the Columbus Blue Jackets came on the ice for ...

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