As fans we can all bitch and complain that the owners are greedy rich pricks or that the players already have the best job in the world and we would all play the game for free or at least at minimum wage so we have beer money, but there is much more to it than that. Behind the scenes there are a lot of hard working people worried about how they are going to pay their bills. There are thousands of people that have jobs tied directly to the NHL and if there is no hockey this season, there will be no pay cheques for them to buy food or pay rent.
Support and game staff in the arenas will lose shifts without the NHL and will have to make a living off of concerts and the NBA if their team's city have a team. This staff includes ushers, food and beverage employees, security and cleaning crews. Most of these jobs are part time and occupied by students or those working a second job. Some members of the media will suffer no doubt with beat writers having nothing to write about with no team to cover, and TV and radio crews with have nothing to broadcast except the latest CBA negotiations that will end in....YAWN. You can't forget about the bloggers in all this mess either, I mean, what the hell do you write about that doesn't include END THE FUCKING LOCKOUT ALREADY.
Local businesses will feel the pain too with no pre-game dinners at restaurants near the rink or bars for fans after the game to drink their sorrows away or celebrate a win. There will be no road trips meaning no hotels being ransacked or tickets bought. Merchandise will take a hit as few people will want to buy a hockey jersey when there is no actual NHL season going on (or at least we hope people won't buy jerseys). Even NHL 13 might be hit hard as sales during the 2004-05 lockout took a Ryan Kesler dive down from their previous years sales.
There are a few special people that will be hurt if there's a lockout that people may not think about and we're here to remind you of them: