While the NHL tries to untangle its messy labor dispute, there's an alternative for hockey aficionados fiending for a live game: the Chicago Wolves.
The Wolves, who play in the American Hockey League, are in the middle of the season out at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. According to Lindsey Willhite, the team's Public Relations Director, the Wolves had a 10 to 15 percent increase in ticket sales to begin the season (mirroring an early season sales jump from last year). However, the real bump could come now that the calendar has turned to January: no Bears, no Blackhawks, at least for now, and a team owner who likes to win.
The lockout means good play in the AHL
The AHL has benefitted from the NHL lockout in other ways, too. On each team there are a number of players that would otherwise be playing in the NHL, or spending time with parent clubs.