Tag: Hockey (AA)

ECHL Attendance 2006 to 2013

One of the defining characteristics of Minor Sports Leagues is that they play to smaller crowds of fans. Minor-Leagues.com has compiled a series of posts that provides details of attendance figures.

TheĀ  ECHL (Used to be known as the East Coast Hockey League) is a combined independent/affiliate professional hockey league founded in 1988. It operated initially in the eastern coast of the United States, expanding to the West and East during its years of growth. The cities the ECHL played in was not served by a NHL or their minor league affiliates. The ECHL is now considered to be a Double-A level of hockey, with most of its teams being affiliated with counterpart teams in both the NHL and AHL.

Below is the fan attendance for the entire league from 2006 to 2013.

 

League Sport Season # of Teams Team Change Games Games Change Total Attendance TA Change Average Attendance AA Change Source
ECHL (AA) Ice Hockey 2005-06 25 (24 USA 1 CAN) untracked 900 untracked 3,934,794 untracked 4,372 untracked Lennier
ECHL (AA) Ice Hockey 2006-07 25 (24 USA 1 CAN) 0.00% 900 0.00% 3,752,804 -4.63% 4,170 -4.62% Lennier
ECHL (AA) Ice Hockey 2007-08 25 (24 USA 1 CAN) 0.00% 900 0.00% 3,756,191 0.09% 4,173 0.07% Lennier
ECHL (AA) Ice Hockey 2008-09 23 (22 USA 1 CAN) -8.00% 779 -13.44% 3,317,017 -11.69% 4,258 2.04% Lennier
ECHL (AA) Ice Hockey 2009-10 20 (19 USA 1 CAN) -13.04% 720 -7.57% 3,229,463 -2.64% 4,485 5.34% Lennier
ECHL (AA) Ice Hockey 2010-11 19 (18 USA 1 CAN) -5.00% 684 -5.00% 2,967,752 -8.10% 4,339 -3.27% Lennier
ECHL (AA) Ice Hockey 2011-12 20 USA 5.26% 720 5.26% 3,082,764 3.88% 4,282 -1.31% Lennier
ECHL (AA) Ice Hockey 2012-13 23 USA 10.00% 828 15.00% 3,917,598 27.08% 4,731 10.49% Lennier

The ECHL is populated mostly by Free Agents recruited from colleges, junior leagues, and other minor leagues, but each team can be expected to a have a few NHL drafted players refining their skills there. The primary focus of ECHL teams has slowly shifted away from team success towards more about player development.