It was a huge "Welcome Home" for NHL teams this past weekend, as USAToday reports the first 17 home openers sold out.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, who sold out their home opener Saturday night, have been working hard to win back fans' trust and support since the 119-day lockout ended earlier this month. And the NHL took out a full-page ad in the Boston Globe apologizing "for the time we missed."
Hockey die-hards were eager for the game to come back, but die-hards aren't enough to sustain the league. The big question going forward is whether casual fans will forgive and fill arenas.