The 2012-2013 NHL season was a short one due to the lockout over the collective bargaining agreement. Instead of beginning in October, the regular season didn't begin until January and ended in April. Nevertheless, the season turned out in typical fashion with Alexander Ovechkin winning the league's MVP and two Original Six teams in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Chicago Blackhawks went on to beat the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup. Here is what the attendance numbers for all 30 arenas looked like for the 2012-2013 season. 

 

Venue/Team

Total Season Attendance

Avg. Nightly Attendance

Percentage of Capacity

1. United Center (Blackhawks)

522619

21775

110.40%

2. Bell Centre (Canadiens)

510552

21273

100.00%

3. Joe Louis Arena (Red Wings)

481584

20066

100.00%

4. Wells Fargo Center (Flyers)

474878

19786

101.30%

5. Air Canada Centre (Maple Leafs)

466229

19426

103.20%

6. Canadian Tire Centre (Senators)

465801

19408

101.30%

7. Scotiabank Saddledome (Flames)

462936

19289

100.00%

8. Amalie Arena (Lightning)

457337

19055

99.20%

9. First Niagara Center (Sabres)

455290

18970

99.50%

10. Rogers Arena (Canucks)

454740

18947

100.20%

11. Xcel Energy Center (Wild)

451075

18794

104.70%

12. Consol Energy Center (Penguins)

447560

18648

101.40%

13. Staples Center (Kings)

436295

18178

100.30%

14. Verizon Center (Capitals)

425638

17734

95.80%

15. TD Garden (Bruins)

421560

17565

100.00%

16. SAP Center at San Jose (Sharks)

421472

17561

100.00%

17. PNC Arena (Hurricanes)

421401

17558

94.00%

18. Scottrade Center (Blues)

414328

17263

90.10%

19. Madison Square Garden (Rangers)

412800

17200

100.00%

20. Prudential Center (Devils)

410739

17114

97.10%

21. American Airlines Center (Stars)

409521

17063

92.10%

22. BB&T Center (Panthers)

421401

17558

94.00%

23. Bridgestone Arena (Predators)

407386

16974

99.20%

24. Rexall Place (Oilers)

404136

16839

100.00%

25. Honda Center (Ducks)

381308

15887

92.50%

26. Pepsi Center (Avalanche)

370677

15444

85.80%

27. MTS Centre (Jets)

360096

15004

100.00%

28. Nationwide Arena (Blue Jackets)

349558

14564

80.30%

29. Jobing.com Arena (Coyotes)

334165

13923

81.30%

30. Nassau Coliseum (Islanders)

319362

13306

82.30%

For the 4th straight season, both the New York Islanders and the Phoenix Coyotes finished in the bottom two positions in overall attendance. An astonishing 16 of the 30 NHL franchises sold out every single home game. For the 5th straight season, the Chicago Blackhawks led the NHL in overall attendance. 5 of Canada's 7 NHL franchises finished in the top 10 in attendance. The Minnesota Wild saw perhaps the largest increase in attendance finishing 9th after being 16th attendance just one season before. The New York Rangers saw a large decrease in attendance by finishing 19th after being number 14 on the attendance list during the 2011-2012 season. The top five franchises in overall attendance (Blackhawks, Canadiens, Flyers, Red Wings, Maple Leafs) remained almost unchanged from the previous two seasons. 

 

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