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The AHL, considered the triple-A level of North American hockey, is seeing its teams average 5,189 fans per game through Jan. 19, up 7.1% from the same period a year ago. The Hershey Bears continue to top all teams with 9,440 fans per game, up 2.2% from the same period last year, and over 2,500 more fans per game than the Grand Rapids Griffins, who rank second in the league. The St. John's IceCaps, who are playing their first season in Newfoundland after relocating from Manitoba, are averaging 6,305 fans per game, having sold out each of the team's first 22 home games. The Adirondack Phantoms are seeing the biggest percentage increase thus far this season, up 75.5% in Glens Falls, N.Y. However, the team has recently announced it will be moving to Allentown, Pa., in the near future. The Rochester Americans, who were purchased along with the Sabres by Terry Pegula last year, have also seen attendance rise 50.4% this season. In total, 11 clubs are seeing a double-digit percentage increase. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Connecticut Whale are seeing the sharpest drops this season to date (THE DAILY).AHL ATTENDANCE THROUGH JANUARY 19
TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.PREV.% +/-GMS ('10-11) Hershey Bears20188,7939,4409,2382.2%20 Grand Rapids Griffins18122,0256,7796,15110.2%23 Houston Aeros20134,3896,7196,1369.5%20 Providence Bruins21140,6696,6996,5851.7%21 Lake Erie Monsters19126,4266,6545,48821.2%20 Chicago Wolves21138,6796,6046,660-0.8%22 San Antonio Rampage22140,4516,3845,50316.0%24 St. John's IceCaps*22138,7076,3058,044n/a22 Charlotte Checkers23134,4885,8475,6912.7%24 Adirondack Phantoms20110,7645,5383,15575.5%19 W-B/Scranton Penguins1899,2935,5166,018-8.3%23 Texas Stars1792,5505,4445,0398.0%22 Portland Pirates20107,7855,3894,60916.9%21 Rochester Americans19101,4815,3413,55250.4%23 Manchester Monarchs21109,6315,2214,59813.5%22 Syracuse Crunch1784,2504,9564,9140.9%18 Bridgeport Sound Tigers1888,8974,9393,65135.3%24 Peoria Rivermen1991,3244,8074,7770.6%22 Toronto Marlies1781,4674,7923,80426.0%17 Milwaukee Admirals2194,1664,4844,4840.0%17 Norfolk Admirals2087,4864,3744,1615.1%19 Connecticut Whale1669,5994,3504,792-9.2%22 Rockford IceHogs1976,6664,0353,8474.9%22 Worcester Sharks1872,0484,0033,38618.2%20 Hamilton Bulldogs2391,6133,9833,8693.0%21 Oklahoma City Barons2073,6933,6853,937-6.4%24 Binghamton Senators2279,8383,6293,847-5.7%23 Abbotsford Heat1653,0923,3183,492-5.0%26 Springfield Falcons2270,9903,2273,379-4.5%21 Albany Devils2265,2222,9652,67111.0%23 AHL TOTALS5913,066,4825,1894,8447.1%645
NOTES: All AHL attendance data is based on totals posted immediately following games. Figures do not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league. The '11-12 season will feature a scheduling change from last season, with the elimination of four games. * = Franchise relocated to St. John's, Newfoundland, following last season after the move of the Thrashers to Winnipeg.