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AHL Attendance Up 4.3% To Date; 11 Clubs Up Double Digits At Home

The AHL, considered the triple-A level of North American hockey, is averaging 4,844 fans per game through Jan. 19, up 4.3% from the same period a year ago. Gains this season are being fueled by 11 clubs that are seeing a double-digit percentage bump at home to date. The Hershey Bears lead all teams with 9,238 fans per game as the team seeks its fifth straight attendance title. The Bears' average is up 4.2% from the same point last season. The Charlotte Checkers are seeing the league's biggest increase in attendance (+70.5%) after playing last season in Albany. The Adirondack (N.Y.) Phantoms are seeing the sharpest drop among AHL clubs, down 28.6% in their second season since leaving Philadelphia. Two other clubs -- the Hamilton Bulldogs and Rochester Amerks -- are also seeing a double-digit percentage drop at the gate. Listed below is attendance for all AHL clubs through Jan. 19, with comparisons the same period a year ago (THE DAILY).

AHL ATTENDANCE THROUGH JANUARY 19
TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
PREV.
% +/-
'09-10 GMS
Hershey Bears
20
184,760
9,238
8,863
4.2%
20
Manitoba Moose
22
176,968
8,044
7,529
6.8%
22
Chicago Wolves
22
146,520
6,660
6,741
-1.2%
18
Providence Bruins
21
138,285
6,585
5,422
21.4%
19
Grand Rapids Griffins
23
141,473
6,151
6,360
-3.3%
20
Houston Aeros
20
122,720
6,136
5,457
12.4%
21
W-B/Scranton Penguins
23
138,414
6,018
6,241
-3.6%
18
Charlotte Checkers*
24
136,584
5,691
3,338
70.5%
20
San Antonio Rampage
24
132,072
5,503
4,209
30.7%
19
Lake Erie Monsters
20
109,760
5,488
5,149
6.6%
21
Texas Stars
22
110,858
5,039
5,112
-1.4%
18
Syracuse Crunch
18
88,452
4,914
4,674
5.1%
16
Connectiut Whale**
22
105,424
4,792
3,554
34.8%
19
Peoria Rivermen
22
105,094
4,777
4,039
18.3%
18
Portland Pirates
21
96,789
4,609
3,957
16.5%
16
Manchester Monarchs
22
101,156
4,598
4,849
-5.2%
20
Milwaukee Admirals
17
76,228
4,484
4,414
1.6%
14
Norfolk Admirals
19
79,059
4,161
3,356
24.0%
15
Oklahoma City Barons^
24
94,488
3,937
n/a
n/a
n/a
Hamilton Bulldogs
21
81,249
3,869
4,377
-11.6%
17
Binghamton Senators
23
88,481
3,847
3,725
3.3%
16
Rockford IceHogs
22
84,634
3,847
3,424
12.4%
20
Toronto Marlies
17
64,668
3,804
3,179
19.7%
19
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
24
87,624
3,651
3,782
-3.5%
19
Rochester Amerks
23
81,696
3,552
3,982
-10.8%
17
Abbotsford Heat
26
90,792
3,492
3,520
-0.8%
16
Worcester Sharks
20
67,720
3,386
3,124
8.4%
20
Springfield Falcons
21
70,959
3,379
3,103
8.9%
20
Adirondack Phantoms
19
59,945
3,155
4,421
-28.6%
17
Albany Devils^^
23
61,433
2,671
1,850
44.4%
20
AHL TOTALS
645
3,124,305
4,844
4,645
4.3%
535
 

NOTES: * = The Albany River Rats franchise relocated to Charlotte after last season. ** = Franchise played last season as the Hartford Wolf Pack. ^ = Expansion team. ^^ = The Lowell Devils relocated to Albany after last season.

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