Ducks post second-worst attendance drop in NHL.

Thanks to the Globe and Mail for drawing up this handy-dandy chart comparing ESPN.com’s average per-game attendance figures from 2008-09 and 2009-10:

Rk Teams 2009-10 2008-09 Diff. %age
1 Kings 17,313 16,488 825 5.0%
2 Bruins 17,388 17,039 349 2.0%
3 Blues 18,883 18,554 329 1.8%
4 Canucks 18,810 18,630 180 1.0%
5 Capitals 18,277 18,097 180 1.0%
6 Penguins 17,078 16,975 103 0.6%
7 Sharks 17,558 17,488 70 0.4%
8 Canadiens 21,273 21,273 0 0.0%
9 Flames 19,289 19,289 0 0.0%
10 Oilers 16,839 16,839 0 0.0%
11 Sabres 18,529 18,531 -2 0.0%
12 Flyers 19,535 19,545 -10 -0.1%
13 Predators 14,979 15,010 -31 -0.2%
14 Maple Leafs 19,260 19,312 -52 -0.3%
15 NY Rangers 18,076 18,172 -96 -0.5%
16 Blue Jackets 15,416 15,543 -127 -0.8%
17 Wild 18,415 18,568 -153 -0.8%
18 Devils 15,535 15,790 -255 -1.6%
19 Red Wings 19,546 19,865 -319 -1.6%
20 Stars 17,215 17,680 -465 -2.6%
21 Panthers 15,146 15,621 -475 -3.0%
22 Senators 18,269 18,949 -680 -3.6%
23 Blackhawks* 21,356 22,247 -891 -4.0%
24 Lightning 15,497 16,497 -1,000 -6.1%
25 Thrashers 13,607 14,626 -1,019 -7.0%
26 NY Islanders 12,735 13,773 -1,038 -7.5%
27 Hurricanes 15,240 16,572 -1,332 -8.0%
28 Avalanche 13,947 15,429 -1,482 -9.6%
29

Ducks

15,168


16,990


-1,822

-10.7%
30 Coyotes* 11,989 14,875 -2,886 -19.4%
Average 17,072 17,476 -403 -2.5%

As you can see, last season wasn’t pretty at the Honda Center turnstiles, as the Ducks were hit hard during their first non-playoff season since 2004. The generally poor California economy didn’t seem to have the same impact on the Kings (who posted the largest increase of the 30 teams by percentage), or the Sharks (seventh-largest increase).

However, as the Globe and Mail notes, all figures reflect announced attendance, which doesn’t ensure a direct comparison. For example the AEG-owned Kings, who play at AEG-owned Staples Center, count attendance in terms of tickets distributed. The Ducks use tickets sold.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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