February 28, 2013
NHL notes: Coyotes move up in attendance ratings
By QMI Agency

Phoenix Coyotes' Matthew Lombardi (C), Mikkel Boedker and Steve Sullivan (L) celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Edmonton February 23, 2013. (REUTERS/Dan Riedlhuber)

The Phoenix Coyotes have moved up in the rankings. The attendance rankings, that is.

After 10 home games this season, the Coyotes have moved up to the No. 29 spot with an average attendance of 13,142, up from last season’s average of 12,420. The New York Islanders sit at No. 30 this season, drawing an average of 13,109 per night.

Even better for the Coyotes, more fans are actually paying to watch the team.

According to the Arizona Republic, in seasons past the team has handed out anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 complimentary tickets, which are counted toward attendance number. This season, that number has been dropped to less than a thousand.

“Our average ticket price paid is up,” Coyotes president Mike Nealy said. “We didn’t raise prices, but people are either buying more expensive tickets or not doing as much discounting so it’s good both on the volume and the pricing.”

NO BULLDOGS IN LAVAL


The Bulldogs will be staying in Hamilton.

TVA Sports reported Thursday that the AHL team has reached an agreement with the city to call Copps Coliseum home for the next three years.

Rumours circulated in 2012 that the Montreal Canadiens might move their minor-league affiliate closer to home in Laval, Que., where a new multisport complex is being built.

The Bulldogs have been wholly operated by the Habs since 2003.

BRIEFLY

The Carolina Hurricanes activated defenceman Tim Gleason and forward Tim Brent from injured reserve. Defenceman Ryan Murphy, an emergency callup last week, was sent back to the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers while forward Jeremy Welsh and blueliner Michal Jordan were assigned to the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers ... The New York Rangers sent forward Chris Kreider to the AHL’s Connecticut Whale ... The Vancouver Canucks called up centre Andrew Ebbett from the AHL’s Chicago Wolves ... The Philadelphia Flyers placed goaltender Michael Leighton and forward Tom Sestito on waivers ... Dallas Stars assigned forward Mark Fraser to the AHL’s Texas Stars.

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