Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/18/12

NHL players have been locked out by the league’s owners since mid-September, leading to the cancellation of several hundred games. Fans are understandably looking for ways to pass the time — especially in Canada, where hockey is the country’s No. 1 sport. A few sex shops in Edmonton have experienced a growth in sales, leading them to believe the lockout has contributed to the boost. The Edmonton Sun spoke to a sex shop owner at a convention on Saturday who believes the lockout has helped sales. “We’d be gearing up for (NHL hockey) now but there’s nothing so I guess we need to find some better ways to spend our time!” a lingerie shop owner told the Sun. “When Oilers fans, mostly guys, have to break their routine of seeing every game, they have more time,” said the owner. “And there’s nothing better than spending it with your spouse or girlfriend.” The shop owner says business at his Edmonton location has been up 15% since October. Another Edmonton shop owner experienced a growth in business, but he attributed it to cold weather until he was reminded about the lockout, which he agreed could be a factor. If there is one benefit to the NHL lockout, this might be it. And even once the season does begin, women still might be pleased by their husbands and boyfriends in the bedroom. Remember this story? Stick tap to Puck Daddy

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