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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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