Jessica Kelly was getting home from work around 3 a.m. Sunday in Vancouver just as the news began to break: the 113-day NHL lockout was finally over.
The manager of G Sports Bar and Grill on Granville Street checked and double-checked to make sure it was true.
“I was so happy I couldn’t even sleep,” she said. “I could just see dollar signs in my mind. I was really happy.”
Even with college basketball’s March Madness and the Superbowl coming up, hockey is the bread and butter of the business. “With those two put together, it’s nothing compared to what we’ll get for hockey,” Kelly said. While unable to give exact dollar figures, Kelly said bar and food sales have declined about 45 per cent since the lockout began in September. With football games and UFC fights picking up a bit of the slack, the bar — which has seven satellites and caters to out-of-town hockey fans, not just Canucks diehards...