Phantoms reap rewards from NHL lockout


As games continue to be canceled due to a labor dispute, a 2012-13 National Hockey League season is looking less and less likely. Kevin Alquist provides us with the details on how this affects our Youngstown Phantoms.

With fans seeking an alternative outlet for their hockey fix, the Youngstown Phantoms have seen slightly larger crowds at their home games at the Covelli Centre this season.

Bart Logan, the team’s media-relations coordinator, says through December attendance at home games climbed about 21 percent.

I think where we’ve really seen a boost from the NHL lockout has really been in the awareness of the club. People are looking for hockey.

Logan says he expects the trend to continue with a hat trick of high profile games in late December. Team USA came to town for back-to-back games last week and the Phantoms face off against the Indiana Ice on Dec 29.

Meanwhile, the NHL lock out is approaching its 100th day with seemingly little progress being made. A federal mediator was recently hired to join the discussion.

It just doesn’t seem like either side is committed to getting it done as you’d like to see, and you see a lot of frustration. I know the NHL and their ownership is kind of gambling that the fans are going to come pouring right back like they did after the ’04-’05 lock out.

Reporting for, this is Kevin Alquist.