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NHL CLAIMS AVERAGE ATTENDANCE IS UP OVER LAST YEAR
Published February 23, 1995
"The early results from the NHL turnstiles indicate that there's a widening gap between the haves and the have nots," according to Gare Joyce in today's GLOBE & MAIL. NHL VP of Corporate Communications Bernadette Mansur reports that average attendance "is up against last year's numbers, approximately 14,800 per game." The "unofficial numbers" for this season prior to Tuesday's games are 15,667. But Joyce notes there are also teams still struggling. Those "long-suffering" franchises who "fought hardest for equalization" during the lockout -- Hartford, Ottawa, Edmonton, Washington and Winnipeg -- are "among the hindmost at the gate" so far this season. The teams which have drawn well thus far include the Mighty Ducks and Sharks. Mighty Ducks Public Relations Dir Bill Robertson: "After the lockout ended, we had a lineup a block and a half long for available seats. The support here has been incredible" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 2/23).