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  • AHL Attendance Up Nearly 5%; Hershey Tops League Gate For Sixth Straight Season

    The AHL, considered the triple-A level of North American hockey, saw its teams average 5,638 fans per game during the '11-12 regular season, up nearly 5% from last season. The Hershey Bears led all teams at the gate for the sixth straight season. The club saw attendance rise slightly this season, marking the seventh straight season of gains at Giant Center. Eleven clubs saw double-digit percentage gains at the gate, led by the Rochester Americans, who saw a 44.5% jump. The Milwaukee Admirals saw attendance rise 7.4% at Bradley Center for their best average since the '01-02 season. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers had the club's second-best attendance mark since it was founded in '01, with average gate up 17.7%. Only seven of the 30 clubs saw attendance decline this season. The Connecticut Whale saw the sharpest drop, down 19.7% at XL Center in Hartford. After moving from Winnipeg following last season, the St. John's IceCaps ranked ninth in league attendance during the team's first season in Newfoundland. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for the '11-12 AHL regular season, with comparisons to last year (THE DAILY).

    '11-12 AHL REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
    TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('10-11)
    Hershey Bears
    38
    375,146
    9,872
    9,800
    0.7%
    40
    Chicago Wolves
    38
    300,550
    7,909
    7,453
    6.1%
    40
    Lake Erie Monsters
    38
    298,096
    7,845
    6,568
    19.4%
    40
    Providence Bruins
    38
    297,037
    7,817
    7,324
    6.7%
    40
    Houston Aeros
    38
    278,299
    7,324
    6,326
    15.8%
    40
    Grand Rapids Griffins
    38
    275,632
    7,253
    7,241
    0.2%
    40
    San Antonio Rampage
    38
    271,083
    7,134
    6,411
    11.3%
    40
    Charlotte Checkers
    38
    257,189
    6,768
    6,312
    7.2%
    40
    St. John's IceCaps*
    38
    239,299
    6,297
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Milwaukee Admirals
    38
    236,579
    6,226
    5,796
    7.4%
    40
    W-B/Scranton Penguins
    38
    229,053
    6,028
    6,360
    -5.2%
    40
    Manchester Monarchs
    38
    216,622
    5,701
    5,461
    4.4%
    40
    Rochester Americans
    38
    212,605
    5,595
    3,872
    44.5%
    40
    Toronto Marlies
    38
    208,223
    5,480
    4,694
    16.7%
    40
    Texas Stars
    38
    207,855
    5,470
    5,340
    2.4%
    40
    Peoria Rivermen
    38
    205,726
    5,414
    5,196
    4.2%
    40
    Syracuse Crunch
    38
    199,354
    5,246
    5,154
    1.8%
    40
    Portland Pirates
    38
    195,997
    5,158
    4,655
    10.8%
    40
    Norfolk Admirals
    38
    194,521
    5,119
    4,490
    14.0%
    40
    Bridgeport Sound Tigers
    38
    185,236
    4,875
    4,140
    17.7%
    40
    Hamilton Bulldogs
    38
    184,232
    4,848
    4,257
    13.9%
    40
    Adirondack Phantoms
    38
    175,982
    4,631
    3,575
    29.5%
    40
    Connecticut Whale
    38
    173,788
    4,573
    5,695
    -19.7%
    40
    Worcester Sharks
    38
    167,292
    4,402
    4,068
    8.2%
    40
    Rockford IceHogs
    38
    161,286
    4,244
    4,360
    -2.7%
    40
    Oklahoma City Barons
    38
    140,008
    3,684
    4,155
    -11.3%
    40
    Springfield Falcons
    38
    139,050
    3,659
    3,717
    -1.6%
    40
    Binghamton Senators
    38
    135,950
    3,578
    3,652
    -2.0%
    40
    Abbotsford Heat
    38
    134,715
    3,545
    3,807
    -6.9%
    40
    Albany Devils
    38
    130,529
    3,435
    3,114
    10.3%
    40
    AHL TOTALS
    1,140
    6,426,934
    5,638
    5,380
    4.8%
    1,200
                 

    NOTES: * = Franchise relocated to St. John's, Newfoundland, following last season after the move of the Thrashers to Winnipeg. The Manitoba Moose last season averaged 8,404 fans per game, which is factored into the league's '10-11 average.

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