I graduated from Arlington Catholic HS here in Massachusetts last year. I played hockey at AC for 3 seasons, and in my senior year, we made it to the state championship against powerhouse Catholic Memorial (Jim Fahey is a notable alum).
We played the final at the TD BankNorth Garden, and ended up losing 3-1 on an EN goal with 26 seconds left. I never heard an exact number on the attendance, but if I had to guess, I'd say it was around 10,000 - 11,000 people. The entire lower bowl was pretty much to capacity, but the balcony was closed to fans. It was an amazing experience.
Probably about 30. I blame the 11:15 pm start times. Who wants to watch hockey that late. It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that I play in a beer league where the average team has the skill level of a junior varsity high school squad.
Around 1,500 in my only game of Junior A hockey as a 20 year old Junior B player - I was kind of a last option call-up because so many guys were hurt. Cool thing was that I scored in the game, not cool thing was that we lost 7-2.
I played one season on the fourth line for MIT, during my senior year. A good turnout for us was 200-300 people. When I was a sophomore, about 1,000 people showed up to watch MIT play, believe it or not, Caltech.
P.S. Back in February my own adult team got a chance to play a game on the Providence Civic Center ice after a P-Bruins game. One thing I noticed was how hot it felt in an arena like that, especially after playing in normal rinks all the time. Halfway through the game, we were all sweating like crazy. When you played in the FleetCenter(now Garden), was there much of an adjustment, since you played in a fairly chilly rink in Arlington?
When you played in the FleetCenter(now Garden), was there much of an adjustment, since you played in a fairly chilly rink in Arlington?
Well, we had gotten fairly used to it over the 3 years. In the Super 8, the preliminaries are held at Tsongas Arena (and last year at Agannis, also), which are very warm also. But yeah, it is much harder. The ice is slower, and overall it's just a much different feeling.
In track: about 10,000. Rare for North America, but it was when Ben Johnson was still famous, and he was there. Before that day I'd always thought I was so internally motivated that a crowd of any size couldn't possibly make me try any harder. I was wrong. 10,000 people cheering is a whole other level of motivation.
played intermission at Cancucks vs Anaheim in Anaheim and then the next night Canucks vs LA at the GWF in LA, so i dont know howveer many people watch the intermisssion, 10,000??
But a full game would have to be at the Quebec international peewee Hockey tournament. We went as the Vancouver Canucks, played in the highest division of the tourney and had about 8,000-10,000 people watch us play the Montreal Canadiens. our other game against the Philly flyers had about 6,000 watching. pretty exciting when your only 13 years old.