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Canadian hockey fans facing hard times due to the lockout of the National Hockey League are apparently turning to sex for consolation, say sex toy and lingerie retailers in Edmonton, who scored a 15% surge in sales in October. Matt Dykstra, of the Edmonton Sun reports More couples buying sex toys amid NHL lockout.  

“We’d be gearing up for (NHL hockey) now but there’s nothing so I guess we need to find some better ways to spend our time!” said Vinay Morker, owner of the Hush Lingerie and More boutique, while at Edmonton’s Taboo Naughty But Nice Sex Show Saturday.

Morker said his south Edmonton location saw a 15% jump in sales in October, and although the absence of Oilers action has been killing the longtime fan, it could also be the reason more couples have been browsing his wares at the show.

“When Oilers fans, mostly guys, have to break their routine of seeing every game, they have more time,” Morker said. “And there’s nothing better than spending it with your spouse or girlfriend.”

Morker said Hush’s main clientele is couples looking to “expand their horizons” and he’s seen a 15% jump in the sales of their sex toys, lingerie, games and sexual guides, like The Kama Sutra, since October.

Although, Hal Roseberg, owner of owner of the  Tease Adult Boutique in Edmonton,
says his sales swell each year at this time when the weather gets colder, saying “You see stuff here you’ll never see anywhere else.”

It remains to be seen if this trend will penetrate into other market regions in Canada, although I've heard many in Edmonton often say, "as goes Edmonton, so goes all of Canada."

It's great to hear that our Canadian friends from the North are rising to the occasion during this NHL crisis, and are coming together to explore new hobbies.

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