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01-31-2012, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by CpatainCanuck View Post
Average Canucks Attendance by year:
1996/97: 17,320 (8th in the nhl)
1997/98: 16,986 (9th in the nhl)
1998/99: 15,803 (22nd in the nhl)
1999/00: 14,642 (23rd in the nhl)
2000/01: 17,017 (15th in the nhl)
It's interesting to note that the dip in attendance coincides almost exactly with the existence of the Vancouver Grizzlies (1995/2001). No doubt some hockey fans got tired of the atrocious on-ice product and spent their money to see the novelty of the NBA instead.

The problem with a team in Seattle is that the nhl would have to compete with three teams that already had an established fanbase...

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