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  • ANY NHL OLYMPIC BOOST? HURRICANES NUMBERS JUMP POST-NAGANO

              THE DAILY has examined NHL teams' attendance figures to
         gauge the effect of the league's mid-season break for the
         Nagano Olympic Games from February 8 through February 21. 
         The Hurricanes enjoyed the biggest post-Nagano increase,
         with attendance up 20% since the Olympic break.  In addition
         to the Hurricanes, the Sabres, Blues and Blackhawks all saw
         double-digit percentage increases after Nagano.  The
         Islanders experienced the largest drop, down 12% after the
         Games, while the Caps and Canucks were down 11% and 10%,
         respectively.  The following is a full listing (THE DAILY):
    PRE-NAGANO
    POST-NAGANO
    TEAM
    DATES
    AVG.
    % CAP
    DATES
    AVG.
    % CAP
    +/- %
    CAR
    31
    8,570
    54%
    10
    10,767
    68%
    + 20%
    BUF
    27
    14,923
    80%
    14
    17,007
    91%
    + 12%
    STL
    31
    17,813
    92%
    10
    20,317
    96%
    + 12%
    CHI
    28
    17,709
    83%
    13
    19,734
    90%
    + 10%
    BOS
    27
    14,638
    83%
    14
    15,984
    91%
    + 8%
    NJD
    28
    16,848
    88%
    13
    18,263
    95%
    + 8%
    LAK
    26
    12,754
    80%
    15
    13,480
    85%
    + 5%
    EDM
    28
    16,054
    94%
    13
    16,656
    98%
    + 4%
    DAL
    27
    16,332
    97%
    14
    16,792
    100%
    + 3%
    MON
    28
    20,673
    97%
    13
    20,984
    98%
    + 1%
    OTT
    28
    16,272
    88%
    13
    16,530
    89%
    + 2%
    SJS
    29
    17,045
    97%
    12
    17,216
    98%
    + 1%
    COL
    31
    16,061
    100%
    10
    16,061
    100%
    0%
    TOR
    28
    15,703
    100%
    13
    15,726
    100%
    0%
    FLA
    28
    14,703
    100%
    13
    14,703
    100%
    0%
    PHI
    27
    19,466
    100%
    14
    19,622
    100%
    0%
    NYR
    28
    18,200
    100%
    13
    18,200
    100%
    0%
    DET
    29
    19,983
    100%
    12
    19,983
    100%
    0%
    CGY
    29
    16,897
    90%
    12
    16,786
    90%
    - 1%
    TAM
    27
    13,687
    70%
    14
    12,876
    66%
    - 6%
    PIT
    26
    15,059
    89%
    15
    14,086
    83%
    - 7%
    ANA
    29
    17,027
    99%
    12
    15,742
    92%
    - 8%
    PHX
    26
    15,096
    93%
    15
    13,927
    86%
    - 8%
    VAN
    27
    17,221
    93%
    14
    15,698
    93%
    - 10%
    WAS
    26
    15,490
    81%
    15
    13,870
    73%
    - 11%
    NYI
    27
    12,416
    76%
    14
    11,100
    68%
    - 12%

    NOTE: The Capitals played their first 10 games at US Airways Arena before moving to the MCI Center. -30-

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