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NHL lockout 2012: Lightning fans protest

Tampa Bay fans held a protest of the NHL lockout on Saturday.

Bruce Fedyck-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Tampa Bay Lightning fan Jay Tregler organized a protest of the NHL lockout that was held at the Times Forum on Saturday night. The protest then moved to the Channelside district, where Tregler planned a dinner to help support the businesses around the arena.

The Lightning were supposed to play their season-opening game against the Florida Panthers on Saturday night, but the first two weeks of the regular season have been cancelled by the league. Those cancellations nixed four Lightning games, including three that were to be played at home.

Tregler said he is considering giving up the Lightning season tickets he's owned since 1996 if the entire season is lost. Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo was asked recently if he blamed frustrated fans who might give up their tickets and responded, "No, not at all. I feel bad for the fans that they have to go through this again."

Barring more cancellations, the Lightning are scheduled to begin the regular season against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 25.

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