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Volume 26 No. 175
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NHL Franchise Notes: Blues Set To Visit White House Oct. 15

In St. Louis, Jim Thomas notes the Blues will make their White House visit to celebrate their '19 Stanley Cup win on Oct. 15, one day after a road game against the Islanders on Columbus Day. The Blues do not "play their one (and only) regular-season game" in DC until March 24. The team "didn’t want to wait that late in the season for their visit." it is believed that the team's "entire roster will attend" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 10/4).

GONNA FLY NOW: The Flyers are offering "many more" season-ticket packages this season, "including a 22-game plan, a monthly subscription pass, a student program, and a social-viewing section." Because of all the new options, it was "impossible to compare the amount of season tickets sold this year to last year." Flyers President of Business Operations Valerie Camillo said that fans’ demands and preferences are "evolving," and they want “an experience that is superior to their at-home viewing option" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/4).

PACKED HOUSE: Kroenke Sports & Entertainment Dir of Marketing Communications Becca Villanueva said that the Avalanche’s average home game attendance "rose from 15,586 to 17,132 over the past year -- an increase of 1,546 -- as the team expects continued team success to draw even bigger crowds this season." Meanwhile, the current carriage dispute between Altitude Sports and Comcast, DirecTV and Dish could "certainly boost attendance totals" (DENVER POST, 10/4).