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  • AHL Attendance Up 7.1% Through Jan. 19; IceCaps Finding Success In Newfoundland

    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
    TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('10-11)
    Hershey Bears
    20
    188,793
    9,440
    9,238
    2.2%
    20
    Grand Rapids Griffins
    18
    122,025
    6,779
    6,151
    10.2%
    23
    Houston Aeros
    20
    134,389
    6,719
    6,136
    9.5%
    20
    Providence Bruins
    21
    140,669
    6,699
    6,585
    1.7%
    21
    Lake Erie Monsters
    19
    126,426
    6,654
    5,488
    21.2%
    20
    Chicago Wolves
    21
    138,679
    6,604
    6,660
    -0.8%
    22
    San Antonio Rampage
    22
    140,451
    6,384
    5,503
    16.0%
    24
    St. John's IceCaps*
    22
    138,707
    6,305
    8,044
    n/a
    22
    Charlotte Checkers
    23
    134,488
    5,847
    5,691
    2.7%
    24
    Adirondack Phantoms
    20
    110,764
    5,538
    3,155
    75.5%
    19
    W-B/Scranton Penguins
    18
    99,293
    5,516
    6,018
    -8.3%
    23
    Texas Stars
    17
    92,550
    5,444
    5,039
    8.0%
    22
    Portland Pirates
    20
    107,785
    5,389
    4,609
    16.9%
    21
    Rochester Americans
    19
    101,481
    5,341
    3,552
    50.4%
    23
    Manchester Monarchs
    21
    109,631
    5,221
    4,598
    13.5%
    22
    Syracuse Crunch
    17
    84,250
    4,956
    4,914
    0.9%
    18
    Bridgeport Sound Tigers
    18
    88,897
    4,939
    3,651
    35.3%
    24
    Peoria Rivermen
    19
    91,324
    4,807
    4,777
    0.6%
    22
    Toronto Marlies
    17
    81,467
    4,792
    3,804
    26.0%
    17
    Milwaukee Admirals
    21
    94,166
    4,484
    4,484
    0.0%
    17
    Norfolk Admirals
    20
    87,486
    4,374
    4,161
    5.1%
    19
    Connecticut Whale
    16
    69,599
    4,350
    4,792
    -9.2%
    22
    Rockford IceHogs
    19
    76,666
    4,035
    3,847
    4.9%
    22
    Worcester Sharks
    18
    72,048
    4,003
    3,386
    18.2%
    20
    Hamilton Bulldogs
    23
    91,613
    3,983
    3,869
    3.0%
    21
    Oklahoma City Barons
    20
    73,693
    3,685
    3,937
    -6.4%
    24
    Binghamton Senators
    22
    79,838
    3,629
    3,847
    -5.7%
    23
    Abbotsford Heat
    16
    53,092
    3,318
    3,492
    -5.0%
    26
    Springfield Falcons
    22
    70,990
    3,227
    3,379
    -4.5%
    21
    Albany Devils
    22
    65,222
    2,965
    2,671
    11.0%
    23
    AHL TOTALS
    591
    3,066,482
    5,189
    4,844
    7.1%
    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.

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