Good News From Glendale: Coyotes are Winning and Attendance is Up
For the first time in months, there is some reassuring news coming out of Glendale regarding the turbulent Phoenix Coyotes: people are actually going to games.
The Coyotes have won their last 10 home games and are shaping up to be one of the better teams in the NHL.
The Howlers are currently third in the Western Conference, and barring some catastrophe, will probably go to the NHL playoffs this year for the first time since 2002.
A few months ago, Coyotes captain Shane Doan told reporters that he wasn't worried about the team's dismal attendance record, saying that once the team started winning, people would come.
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He appears to be right -- to a degree.
For the last three home games, the Coyotes drew more than 10,000 fans and last night -- a Tuesday, mind you -- more than 14,000 fans showed up for the team's shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
The average attendance for a Coyotes game, according to ESPN, is now 10,300, which is still the worst in the entire league, but it's an improvement from the 9,800 earlier in the season, before the team started winning regularly.
It should be noted, however, that this increase in attendance coincides with snowbird season, and many seasonal Valley visitors hail from Canada. We hate to use stereotypes, but if there are two things Canadians love it's Molson Ice and hockey -- just throwin' it out there.