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NHL's next step is winning back hardened fans

Updated: January 7, 2013, 4:06 AM ET
Associated Press

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By DAN GELSTON

AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers owner Ed Snider had a simple message on the day the NHL lockout ended:

Welcome back.

Welcome back, NHL.

Welcome back, NHL fans.

Lost in the squabble between the league and players over the 113-day labor dispute was how the hardcore fans were losing interest with each messy board room update from an idle sport. Keeping the faith turned into planning boycotts. The Winter ...

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