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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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