The National Hockey League lockout isn't just frustrating fans of Canada's national sport — it's also putting a pinch on some food banks.
That's because food drives usually conducted during the holiday seasons by teams and sports bars aren't happening in some cases.
Sports-themed restaurants and bars have hit up patrons for canned goods or some other foodstuffs in the charitable efforts in past years, helping to boost food bank supplies as demand increases.
But with no hockey, fewer people are coming out and the restaurants are feeling the squeeze on their bottom line.
In the past, the wives of Montreal Canadiens players had organized a successful food drive at a Habs game tapping a potential 21,000 donors.
While spring and summer food donations tend to be slow, many food banks rely on a surge in food drives during the winter months.