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AHL reaps some lockout rewards

Nov 18, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

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Beyond charities and overseas leagues, there’s an obvious benefactor from the lockout: the American Hockey League.

That impact hasn’t been lost on AHL players and team owners, according to this lengthy story from The Associated Press.

” … I certainly think that there’s more of an emphasis on the American Hockey League now across the board,” Syracuse Crunch owner Howard Dolgon said. “People are realizing just how good this league is, and now that they’re seeing it, the players are probably feeling a real sense of pride playing in this league. We’ve always been the second-best league in the world.”

“Now, more people know that we are.”

The AP rolls out some specifics about attendance so far this season:

At midweek, overall attendance in the 30-team AHL stood at 970,416 after 184 games, an average of 5,274 per game. Five clubs were averaging more than 7,000 and another 10 were surpassing 5,000 nightly. Hershey led with an average attendance of 8,684 in six home games, while Syracuse had attracted 5,440 per game for the first four home dates, ahead of 2011-12.

Crunch forward (and Tampa Bay Lightning first-rounder) Brett Connolly spoke about playing under the shadow of the lockout after appearing in 68 NHL games last season.

” … Obviously, the NHL is on a lot of people’s minds, but it can’t be because you don’t know when it’s going to start again,” Connolly said. “If it’s locked out for the whole season, we’ve got a team here that can repeat. There’s a lot of positive things.”

Especially if you’re running an AHL team.

  1. deekster20 - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Reblogged this on deekster20's Blog and commented:
    they are lossing a lot of fans and members because of the lockout.

  2. mrpigs - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    GO WHALE!!!! #BrassBonanza

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Nov 19, 2012 at 1:39 AM

      Only because brass bonanza is played.

  3. blomfeld - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    TO THE VICTOR GO THE SPOILS !

    God bless the AHL and everything they represent. Theirs is a “quality” enterprise based on hard work, honesty and decency. Regardless of whenever the NHL resolves it’s problems, I wish nothing but the “best” for this league always ! :)

  4. greatminnesotasportsmind - Nov 19, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    I’m sure the AHL is good in fairness I have never seen an AHL game, but my guess any league in Europe is better. AHL is mostly comprised of young kids who need to learn the nuances of the pro game at a higher level than their used to but play too slow for the NHL level at recognition, goons who can’t skate at an NHL level, over priced NHL veterans where teams stash them to get under the cap, and veterans who can’t play anymore.

    • valoisvipers - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      greatminnesotasportsmind have you ever wondered where most of the NHLers came from?No it wasn’t the stork.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Nov 19, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        Apparently you missed the part of “young kids who need to learn the nuances of the pro game at a higher level.” Explain to me how the majority of American/Canadian hockey players that get drafted go directly to the AHL. Meanwhile the majority of Europeans that come here end up on NHL rosters?

  5. arbruins - Nov 19, 2012 at 4:14 AM

    Maybe you shouldn’t guess what the AHL is about and actually go to a game. It’s hard to compare leagues if you haven’t witnessed both eh?

  6. fortwaynekomets - Nov 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    I prefer the ECHL over AHL actually. they have better geographic locations and divisions in my opinion.

    It’s wierd the AHL should really be called the East Coast Hockey League, and the ECHL should be called the American Hockey League.

  7. nhstateline - Nov 19, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Went to an AHL game the other night. Had a great time and it is good hockey. It was like NHL lite. Much faster and more physical than the ECHL or Hockey East but the top level skill and hitting isn’t quite there. Going back again next week.

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