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POOR ATTENDANCE FOR NHL CANADIAN TEAMS CONTINUES

     The "attendance drop" that hit the NHL's Canadian teams
after the lockout "has persisted into the playoffs," according to
an analysis in today's Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  Attendance for the
Flames' 1st-round game against the Sharks at the Saddledome drew
only 15,624, with Tuesday's Game 2 drawing 16,389.  Capacity is
20,230.  In Quebec, the Nordiques have drawn 14,360 and 14,178 --
 more than 1,000 seats below the 15,399 capacity.  Nordiques
officials blame a late schedule change and the local broadcast of
the game.  Nordiques Dir of Media Relations Jean Martineau:  "We
work with individual season-ticket subscribers rather than
companies.  So when a home game is on TV, it really hurts us"
(Shoalts and Campbell, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/11).

                       
NHL PLAYOFF ATTENDANCE
TEAM
GAME 1
GAME 2
CAPACITY
% CAPACITY
Flames
15,624
16,389
20,230
79.1
Penguins
15,910
15,079
17,181
90.1
Nordiques
14,360
14,178
15,399
92.7
Blackhawks
19,042
19,017
20,500
92.8
Blues
18,788
18,876
19,260
97.8
Bruins
14,448
14,448
14,448
100
Flyers
17,380
17,380
17,380
100
Red Wings
19,875
19,875
19,275
103.1
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