As a make good to its fans, the Buffalo Sabres said it will hold a "Fan Appreciation Sale" at the Sabres Store inside First Niagara Center, running from the start of training camp through its first regular season game.
All items in the store will be sold at a 50 percent discount.
Training camp is presumed to start Sunday, Jan. 13 with the first game reportedly one week later on Jan. 20, an afternoon contest against the Philadelphia Flyers.
"Our fans showed tremendous patience and loyalty during the past few months," Ted Black, Sabres president, said in a prepared statement. "Nothing will erase the pain of a lockout and canceled games but we wanted to give back to our fans in this way to get them excited for what is sure to be a fast-paced and thrilling 2012-13 season."
The Sabres Store will be offering extended hours throughout the "Fan Appreciation Sale" to give fans ample time to take advantage of the sale. In addition to its normal hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the store will be open for all training camp practices that are open to the public.
The team also announced that individual game tickets for the 2012-13 regular season will go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 15, beginning at 10 a.m.
League owners approved a collective bargaining agreement this week and players will begin voting on it Friday. The NHL then plans a 48-game regular-season schedule to begin on Jan. 19. The full schedule has not been released.