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SBD/October 30, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
AHL President David Andrews Discusses League's Uptick During NHL Lockout
Published October 30, 2012
WORKING WITH AFFILIATES: In Connecticut, Michael Fomabaio noted the influx of would-be NHLers that have landed in the AHL is "an opportunity for AHL teams, some of whom learned their lessons during the season-long NHL lockout of 2004-05." Bridgeport Sound Tigers President Howard Saffan said, "We're marketing extensively on Long Island through the Islanders, as well as the Port Jeff Ferry. We've created packages specifically for Islanders fans, Islanders' season ticket-holders." He added, "The Islanders' staff has been great, PR and marketing, getting our message out across the Sound." Fomabaio noted AHL teams were "averaging 5,638 fans" per game through the first 14 days of the season, while the "same 14 days" last season drew 5,558 fans per game (CONNECTICUT POST, 10/28).