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The popular local hockey bar, The Angry Beaver is in some serious financial trouble. Now there is a GoFundMe account set up to try and raise $20,000 to save it.

The Seattle economy has been a little hard on The Beaver
The Seattle economy has been a little hard on The Beaver

Early Saturday morning, the owner of The Angry Beaver, Tim Pipes, posted this message to his facebook:

If something magical doesn't happen, and I don't believe in magic, or ghosts, or UFO's (I kinda believe in UFO's), my sweet beaver is sunk. What a ride though! I did my best for the hockey community here.

At that point in time, it felt like I had just lost a great place to watch hockey with the hockey community in Seattle.  Where else could you get a large plate of poutine, Kokanee on draft, and be able to watch all of your favorite games with other great NHL fans? It was also the site of two Hockey Hangout events, where local journalists/media members answered questions about the state of the NHL and Seattle.

Hockey Hangout

Hockey Hangout panel members at The Angry Beaver

Tim then kept some hope alive with a follow up post on his facebook:

Regarding last nights post, I appreciate all your warm and kind thoughts and after a solid night's sleep, let me tell you, I am NOT going down without a fight!! Gofundme campaign coming and I may have found an investor today! Hockey players don't go down easy, why should I?

Which leads us to where we are today, A GoFundMe account has been established to try and help The Angry Beaver dig out of its hole to make it to the Hockey Season.

From the GoFundMe page: What was a profitable success this hockey season quickly eroded with unexpected maintenance that seemed to happen simultaneously, including new grease trap, serious plumbing issues and kitchen equipment failures that had to be dealt with. The Angry Beaver could use a little financial help to keep the doors open until hockey season, as the property management is not being lenient, to say the least. If you can help out a bit, The Angry Beaver could really use it!

The fund has a little over $2,000 in just 24 hours!  Several members of the media/hockey community, such as NHLtoSeattle.com's John Barr, have already stepped up.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I&#39;ll send a <a href="https://twitter.com/NHLtoSeattle">@NHLtoSeattle</a> shirt to the first 10 people to give $50 or more. Must email me receipt. <a href="https://t.co/4oWjiFyk5T">https://t.co/4oWjiFyk5T</a></p>&mdash; NHLtoSeattle (@NHLtoSeattle) <a href="https://twitter.com/NHLtoSeattle/status/643278557494448130">September 14, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Seattle&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/angrybeaverbar">@angrybeaverbar</a>, maker of Poutine, media panel host, and city&#39;s only &quot;hockey bar&quot; is having difficulty: <a href="http://t.co/hQGUXkpczo">http://t.co/hQGUXkpczo</a></p>&mdash; Chris Daniels (@ChrisDaniels5) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisDaniels5/status/643530182029123584">September 14, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Hockey Hangout at the Angry Beaver

The very first Hockey Hangout at the Angry Beaver Bar

The Angry Beaver is a great bar, but it's much more than that. This bar is an important part of the hockey community's local grass roots. In a town looking to lure the NHL, we need all of that we can get.