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Dec 16

Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul discovers the NHL lockout extends to the restaurant next door

Time was when a Torontonian could round up a group of friends, make a reservation at popular local pub Real Sports, then head on down to take in the Leafs game while ingesting a half dozen tiny burgers.

It was a simpler time, before this frustrating NHL lockout made such an evening an impossibility.

But hey, if you’re frustrated, Real Sports remains a great place to eat your feelings. Hockey or no hockey, at least you can still make a reservation to get together with a group of friends and eat a half dozen tiny burgers.

That is, unless you’re*a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. As Joffrey Lupul just discovered, membership in the NHLPA means the lockout extends to the restaurant next door to the Air Canada Centre.

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

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