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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
TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.PREV.% +/-GMS ('10-11) Hershey Bears38375,1469,8729,8000.7%40 Chicago Wolves38300,5507,9097,4536.1%40 Lake Erie Monsters38298,0967,8456,56819.4%40 Providence Bruins38297,0377,8177,3246.7%40 Houston Aeros38278,2997,3246,32615.8%40 Grand Rapids Griffins38275,6327,2537,2410.2%40 San Antonio Rampage38271,0837,1346,41111.3%40 Charlotte Checkers38257,1896,7686,3127.2%40 St. John's IceCaps*38239,2996,297n/an/an/a Milwaukee Admirals38236,5796,2265,7967.4%40 W-B/Scranton Penguins38229,0536,0286,360-5.2%40 Manchester Monarchs38216,6225,7015,4614.4%40 Rochester Americans38212,6055,5953,87244.5%40 Toronto Marlies38208,2235,4804,69416.7%40 Texas Stars38207,8555,4705,3402.4%40 Peoria Rivermen38205,7265,4145,1964.2%40 Syracuse Crunch38199,3545,2465,1541.8%40 Portland Pirates38195,9975,1584,65510.8%40 Norfolk Admirals38194,5215,1194,49014.0%40 Bridgeport Sound Tigers38185,2364,8754,14017.7%40 Hamilton Bulldogs38184,2324,8484,25713.9%40 Adirondack Phantoms38175,9824,6313,57529.5%40 Connecticut Whale38173,7884,5735,695-19.7%40 Worcester Sharks38167,2924,4024,0688.2%40 Rockford IceHogs38161,2864,2444,360-2.7%40 Oklahoma City Barons38140,0083,6844,155-11.3%40 Springfield Falcons38139,0503,6593,717-1.6%40 Binghamton Senators38135,9503,5783,652-2.0%40 Abbotsford Heat38134,7153,5453,807-6.9%40 Albany Devils38130,5293,4353,11410.3%40 AHL TOTALS1,1406,426,9345,6385,3804.8%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.