Heard about this. Really to bad. As many others in this thread I like Poutine and will miss it if there's a shortage.
Exhibit A as to how hockey doesn't matter on ESPN:
Last night an ESPN program was discussing how the Detroit Pistons needed a hero citing the heroes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and no mention of the Detroit Red Wings. All this despite the Red Wings probably being the most succesful team in Detroit right now.
Personally I'm rather surprised it's not big in the States, and can't understand why some people don't seem to get it. At any Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner you put gravy on your mashed potato's so it makes sense to have gravy on your fries, and melted cheese goes good on pretty much anything so... sounds pretty obvious to me.
Now you can melt any kind of cheese on the fries & gravy and call it poutine, unfortunately that's what we mostly get out here in Western Canada, but to have the real authentic Canadian Poutine it has to be cheese curds.
Hence the tragedy when our main cheese curd factory burns down