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  • AHL Attendance Up 4% To Date; Canadian Clubs Benefit From Lack Of NHL Play

    The AHL, considered the Triple-A level of North American hockey, is seeing its teams average 5,412 fans per game, up 4% from the same period a year ago. The Hershey Bears continue to lead all teams with 9,512 fans per game as the club looks to top the league in attendance for the seventh straight year. The Bears' current figures also would see the club with an eighth straight year of attendance growth. Several Canadian markets have seen large jumps at the gate due to the NHL lockout. The Hamilton Bulldogs lead all teams with attendance up 55%, while the Toronto Marlies are up 49%. U.S.-based clubs seeing big gains are the Albany Devils (+27%), Rochester Americans (+27%) and Norfolk Admirals (+21%). However, several clubs also are seeing sharp drops at the gate. The Adirondack Phantoms are down a league-worst 36%, while the Portland (ME) Pirates are down 27% and the Texas Stars are down 11% (THE DAILY).

    AHL ATTENDANCE THROUGH JANUARY 17
    TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    '11-12 GMS
    Hershey Bears
    22
    209,266
    9,512
    9,440
    0.8%
    20
    Providence Bruins
    19
    138,429
    7,286
    6,699
    8.8%
    21
    Lake Erie Monsters
    17
    123,137
    7,243
    6,654
    8.9%
    19
    Toronto Marlies
    16
    114,214
    7,138
    4,792
    49.0%
    17
    Chicago Wolves
    18
    128,389
    7,133
    6,604
    8.0%
    21
    Rochester Americans
    20
    136,013
    6,801
    5,341
    27.3%
    19
    Grand Rapids Griffins
    21
    142,019
    6,763
    6,779
    -0.2%
    18
    Houston Aeros
    22
    146,426
    6,656
    6,719
    -0.9%
    20
    St. John's IceCaps
    20
    125,740
    6,287
    6,305
    -0.3%
    22
    Hamilton Bulldogs
    16
    98,684
    6,168
    3,983
    54.9%
    23
    San Antonio Rampage
    21
    127,415
    6,067
    6,384
    -5.0%
    22
    Charlotte Checkers
    18
    102,790
    5,711
    5,847
    -2.3%
    23
    Bridgeport Sound Tigers
    16
    90,895
    5,681
    4,939
    15.0%
    18
    W-B/Scranton Penguins
    21
    116,059
    5,527
    5,516
    0.2%
    18
    Syracuse Crunch
    16
    84,937
    5,309
    4,956
    7.1%
    17
    Norfolk Admirals
    18
    95,423
    5,301
    4,374
    21.2%
    20
    Manchester Monarchs
    22
    108,941
    4,952
    5,221
    -5.2%
    21
    Texas Stars
    20
    97,325
    4,866
    5,444
    -10.6%
    17
    Peoria Rivermen
    15
    71,716
    4,781
    4,807
    -0.5%
    19
    Rockford IceHogs
    19
    81,784
    4,304
    4,035
    6.7%
    19
    Milwaukee Admirals
    17
    72,252
    4,250
    4,484
    -5.2%
    21
    Portland Pirates
    18
    71,078
    3,949
    5,389
    -26.7%
    20
    Abbotsford Heat
    22
    86,173
    3,917
    3,318
    18.1%
    16
    Worcester Sharks
    17
    65,997
    3,882
    4,003
    -3.0%
    18
    Connectiut Whale
    18
    69,301
    3,850
    4,350
    -11.5%
    16
    Albany Devils
    18
    67,585
    3,755
    2,965
    26.6%
    22
    Springfield Falcons
    18
    66,552
    3,697
    3,227
    14.6%
    22
    Adirondack Phantoms
    17
    60,394
    3,553
    5,538
    -35.9%
    20
    Binghamton Senators
    19
    67,439
    3,549
    3,629
    -2.2%
    22
    Oklahoma City Barons
    20
    69,648
    3,482
    3,685
    -5.5%
    20
    AHL TOTALS
    561
    3,036,021
    5,412
    5,189
    4.3%
    591

     

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