The 2011-2012 NHL season would mark the return of the Winnipeg Jets to Canada due to the team's struggling attendances in Atlanta as the Atlanta Thrashers. The Los Angeles Kings made their 2nd ever trip to the Stanley Cup Finals and defeated the New Jersey Devils in six games. The popularity of the annual Winter Classic also continued to explode with the Flyers taking on the New York Rangers at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Here is how the 2011-2012 attendances shaped up for each of the 30 NHL franchises.

 

Venue/Team

Total Season Attendance

Avg. Nightly Attendance

Percentage of Capacity

1. United Center (Blackhawks)

882874

21533

105.00%

2. Bell Centre (Canadiens)

872193

21273

100.00%

3. Wells Fargo Center (Flyers) 

837754

20433

107.4%

4. Joe Louis Arena (Red Wings)

824706

20114

100.70%

5. Air Canada Centre (Maple Leafs)

799786

19506

103.70%

6. Canadian Tire Centre (Senators)

793612

19356

101.10%

7. Scotiabank Saddledome (Flames)

790849

19289

100.00%

8. Rogers Arena (Canucks)

774250

18884

102.5%

9. Scottrade Center (Blues)

771207

18809

98.20%

10. Consol Energy Center (Penguins)

761224

18566

102.70%

11. First Niagara Center (Sabres)

760558

18550

99.90%

12. Verizon Center (Capitals)

758746

18506

101.30%

13. Amalie Arena (Lightning)

757192

18468

96.20%

14. Madison Square Garden (Rangers)

745852

18191

100.00%

15. Staples Center (Kings)

734736

17920

100.00%

16. Xcel Energy Center (Wild)

728683

17772

98.40%

17. TD Garden (Bruins)

720145

17564

100.00%

18. SAP Center at San Jose (Sharks)

720076

17562

100.00%

19. Rexall Place (Oilers)

690399

16839

100.00%

20. Bridgestone Arena (Predators)

684324

16690

97.50%

21. BB&T Center (Panthers)

681763

16042

85.90%

22. PNC Arena (Hurricanes)

657747

16042

85.9%

23. Pepsi Center (Avalanche)

635440

15498

86.10%

24. Prudential Center (Devils)

631258

15396

87.40%

25. MTS Centre (Jets)

615164

15044

100.00%

26. Honda Center (Ducks)

605171

14760

86.40%

27. Nationwide Arena (Blue Jackets)

601061

14660

80.80%

28. American Airlines Center (Stars)

583306

14226

76.80%

29. Nassau Coliseum (Islanders)

540838

13191

81.30%

30. Jobing.com Arena (Coyotes)

509241

12420

72.50%

16 of the 30 NHL franchises sold out every home during the 2011-2012 season; more than half of the league. The Winnipeg Jets, Arizona Coyotes and New York Islanders once again finished at the bottom in overall league attendance. Look for the New York Islanders attendance numbers to increase significantly when they move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY next season. For the 4th straight season, the Chicago Blackhawks led the entire league in attendance. The top 6 franchise leaders in attendance for the 2010-2011 season finished in identical order for the 2011-2012 season as well. The largest increase in attendance belonged to the Tampa Bay Lightning who went from 18th in attendance in 2010-2011 to 13th in attendance during their 2011-2012 campaign. 

 

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