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Blackhawks Top All NHL Clubs In Avg. Attendance For Fourth Consecutive Season

The Blackhawks led all NHL clubs in attendance for the fourth straight season with 21,534 fans per game at United Center, up slightly from the '10-11 season. Despite winning their division, the Coyotes finished last in the league in attendance with 12,421 fans per game, with Jobing.com Arena filled to only 72.5% capacity. The Blue Jackets saw the biggest gains among Western Conference clubs, up 6.5%, while the Stars saw the biggest drop (-5.6%). Listed below is team-by-team attendance for the NHL Western Conference for the '11-12 regular season, with comparisons to last season. See yesterday's issue for Eastern Conference figures (THE DAILY).
'11-12 NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('10-11)
Blackhawks
41
882,874
21,534
105.0%
21,423
0.5%
41
Red Wings
41
822,706
20,066
100.0%
19,680
2.0%
41
Flames
41
790,849
19,289
100.0%
19,289
0.0%
41
Canucks
41
774,250
18,884
100.1%
18,860
0.1%
41
Blues
41
771,207
18,810
98.2%
19,150
-1.8%
41
Kings
41
742,872
18,119
100.0%
18,083
0.2%
41
Wild
41
728,683
17,773
98.4%
18,014
-1.3%
41
Sharks
41
720,042
17,562
100.0%
17,562
0.0%
41
Oilers
41
690,399
16,839
100.0%
16,839
0.0%
41
Predators
41
684,324
16,691
97.5%
16,143
3.4%
41
Avalanche
41
635,440
15,499
86.1%
14,821
4.6%
41
Ducks
41
608,545
14,843
86.4%
14,739
0.7%
41
Blue Jackets
41
601,061
14,660
80.8%
13,769
6.5%
41
Stars
41
583,306
14,227
76.8%
15,073
-5.6%
41
Coyotes
41
509,241
12,421
72.5%
12,309
0.9%
41
W.C. TOTALS
615
10,545,799
17,148
93.7%
17,050
0.6%
615
NHL TOTALS
1,230
21,457,542
17,445
95.0%
17,132
1.8%
1,230
 

NOTES: Attendance figures for the Compuware NHL Premiere series and Bridgestone Winter Classic have been replaced with the team's home capacity. The Jets played in MTS Centre this season, having relocated from Atlanta, after the '10-11 season. NHL figures from last season include data for the Thrashers. All NHL attendance data is based on totals posted immediately following games. Figures do not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league.
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