Is NHL Embarassed by Phoenix Attendance?
There were some tweets going around this morning regarding the attendance in Phoenix and whether pre-season attendance really matters or is an indication of franchise stability etc. So I figured I would take a look at last nights attendance figures and went to the NHL.com box scores for the information.
Boston at NY Rangers: 11,111 (a curious number)
Columbus at Pittsburgh: 15,766
Minnesota at St. Louis: 10,582
Edmonton at Calgary: 19,289
Phoenix at Los Angeles: 8,432
Los Angeles at Phoenix: unlisted
Apparently the Los Angeles at Phoenix (split squad game) didn’t list an attendance figure. I found that curious so I went and checked the box scores at Yahoo and ESPN and both listed attendance at 4,643.
So that poses the question, is the NHL embarrassed by the attendance, or relative lack there of, for the Phoenix Coyotes game so much that they would deliberately hide publishing that number on their website? Curious.