Thursday, December 24, 2015

DOGS DAILY: Dogs Attendance Up Slightly

Halfway through their home schedule, the Sea Dogs are averaging 3,186 fans per game. While it’s not a great number, it’s actually up a small amount from last year.

Here's a look at Saint John's attendance on Christmas Eve from the past few seasons:

SeasonHome GamesAverage
2010-11183,852 (4th)
2011-12193,950 (3rd)
2012-13183,639 (4th)
2013-14173,029 (5th)
2014-15173,135 (5th)
2015-16173,186 (4th)

The website 3rd Line Grind has a post on CHL attendance and how teams are doing this year compared to last. Not surprisingly, the Quebec Remparts' attendance is way up. In fact, Quebec's average of 13,337 is better than what the Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders, Arizona Coyotes and Florida Panthers are averaging. 

In other news…
  • has a story on Thomas Chabot and what kind of cars he’d like to own someday.
  • The world juniors begin on Saturday. At 8 a.m., Jakub Zboril and the Czech Republic take on Russia. Thomas Chabot and Team Canada face the United States at 2 p.m. All games are on TSN.
  • Former Sea Dogs forward Juraj Siska and Slovakia play their first game of the world juniors on Sunday at 10 a.m. against Belarus.
  • Last Word on Sports has a list of players to watch in Pool B – which features Zboril and the Czechs. Zboril and Charlottetown’s Filip Chlapik were amongst those listed.
  • The Sea Dogs return to action on Dec. 28 at Harbour Station when they host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at 7 p.m. It’ll be a very rare Monday game for the team.
  • The QMJHL’s annual trading period ends on Jan. 6. There likely won’t be any trades over the next few days.
  • The Mill Rats hosted a free pre-season game at Harbour Station last night. The official attendance was 6,646 but there were far fewer people than that actually in the building. There was still a decent crowd on hand, though. Saint John beat Moncton 128-110.

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