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In cities with professional hockey teams, it seems that the only thing on ice these days is sales — at least at the bars, restaurants and other small businesses that cater to sports fans. Business at the Great Waters Brewing Co., a brewpub located near the Xcel Center in St. Paul, Minn., is down 20 percent since the start of the lockout. For owner Sean O'Byrne, it's a painful reminder of the 2004-05 lockout that wiped out the entire NHL season. "The economic times are different now, and I think the one thing that's become apparent to me is the sort of ripple effect the hockey strike has," he says.