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The NHL lockout is into Day 72 with 422 games cancelled including All-Star Weekend and the annual Winter Classic game.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she’s seen enough of how the lockout is affecting business in Buffalo. The newly-elected U.S. senator from New York is calling on the U.S. Small Business Administration to offer assistance to local businesses that rely on revenue generated from hockey crowds.

Gillibrand calls the Sabres a “vital part of the economic life of downtown Buffalo” and says the lockout has been "devastating."

In a release, Visit Buffalo/Niagara president and CEO Dottie Gallagher-Cohen estimates losses of $1 million due to the lack of normal activity involving hotel rooms, restaurant revenue, and Canadian spending.

The owners locked out the players Sept. 15 when the last collective bargaining agreement expired.

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