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Owners, players aren't alone

Updated: February 17, 2005, 9:25 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

There are probably 100 gathering places like Newks across the NHL universe. They might not all have the great wooden deck that looks out on the St. Pete Times Forum and Tampa's Channelside area. And they might not all have the crunchy grouper, for which Newks is famous. But they are in every NHL city, attached to the arenas like brightly lit barnacles offering fans a place to meet, to commiserate, to celebrate and to share the game.

Still, for all their sameness, for a few magical weeks ...

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