End Of NHL Lockout Great News For Thousands Who Depend On The Sabres | News
Buffalo, N.Y. - You could say that Christmas came a few weeks late for the thousands of people who depend on Sabres games to make their living.
Jen Wozniak works as a bartender and waitress at Chef's Restaurant, where business has been down about 15 % without the Sabres.
The end of the lockout is going to mean more hours and more tips for her.
Scott Brown: "Did you have to tighten your belt a little?"
Jen Wozniak: "Oh yeah absolutely. Everybody here's experienced a little less, especially around the holidays. We're used to hockey nights being during the week, which would be a slower day, hockey night really boosts that."
No hockey nights hurt business over at the Adam's Mark hotel too.
About 200 employees had their hours cut back.
One of them was Terrace Capps who works part-time and goes to Buffalo State. He can't wait for hockey to start up again.
Terrace Capps: "A lot more money in my pocket that would be great."
Scott Brown: "Did you have to cut back a little?"
Terrace Capps: "On my spending and having fun, oh yeah definitely."
Tim Wiles owns the Swannie House restaurant which is just a good slap shot away from the arena.
He says his business has been off by nearly 50% because of the lockout, and it's just not the before-game bar crowd that's been off.
Interestingly, Wiles says the lockout hurt his lunch business. Why? No hockey meant that there was next to no one walking by his place at night.
Tim Wiles: "They see the Swannie House and it gets in the back of their mind and they come in for lunch if they work downtown. It keeps us in everybody's mind. And I think that's what really hurt us."
Darlene White's face might look familiar, she's been an usher and ticket taker at Sabres games for more than 35 years. For her, the lockout cost her more than money.
Scott Brown: "What's it going to be like to see the season ticket holders and the people you work with again?"
Darlene White: "It's going to be nice it really is, I think everybody's missed it a lot, it's going to be nice getting back, hopefully next week."
Ironically, none of the Sabres employees themselves were hurt by the lockout. Team owner Terry Pegula didn't lay off any employees, or cut anyone's hours.