Lupul was denied a table at a nearby restaurant because of the lockout. Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports

NHL player denied table due to lockout

Published On December 17, 2012 | By Kimberly Petalas

The NHL is not holding back when it comes to showing the players they are serious about this lockout.

Toronto Maple Leafs player Joffrey Lupul recently tried to go out to eat at a nearby restaurant called Real Sports. Unfortunately, the 29-year old hockey star was denied a reservation because of the lockout.

“Real Sports is not allowed to take reservations from Leafs players during the lockout,” Lupul tweeted Sunday, “but will continue selling our jerseys for $300 a pop.”

Teammate James Van Riemsdyk replied to his tweet.

“Same thing happened to me a month ago,” he said.

Both players have since deleted those tweets. Lupul apologized in another tweet later on for expressing his anger through the social media site.

“In hindsight twitter was probably not the right place to voice my displeasure w @realsports. That’s not why I use twitter. Was just rattled.”

So why was Lupul denied a table?

The restaurant was established and is owned by the Maple Leafs themselves, and since Lupul is a member of the NHLPA, the restaurant has decided to “lock the players out” of the restaurant.

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Kimberly graduated from Hofstra University in December 2012. She has been a sports fan her whole life and grew up around sports, whether it was playing or watching them. She started her writing career interning for her local newspaper, The Gardner News, where she currently works as a reporter. In college, Kimberly wrote for Long Island Report, as well as Her Campus Hofstra.