NHL Attendance Report through February Games

I’ve compiled the Attendance records of all games through the end of February. The league remands flat year over year. (Note: that no outdoor games are included in any of this visuals.)



The league got a bump from the Columbus Blue Jackets tear through the league earlier this season as well as the Oilers opening a new bar in Edmonton. Those gains were offset by big drops in Ottawa and Colorado.


Here is the interactive dashboard where you can look at individual teams detailed performance.

NHL Attendance Report Nov 2016

Overall the NHL attendance is relatively flat year over year with an increase from 17,233 last year through November games to 17,280 through this year.

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On a team by team level, 4 teams saw an increase over 5% from last year while 3 teams saw declines of 5% or greater. Edmonton saw a large spike due to the new arena they are playing in this year while the Ottawa Senators saw the largest drop, down 13.3% through the November games.

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You can drill into each teams performance to date using this interactive dashboard by selecting a team in the drop down in the upper right corner. (I apologize in advance. It is not mobile friendly.)

Average Age of the NHL

There has been a lot of talk about the NHL getting younger as fresh faces like Connor McDavid and Austin Matthews being billed as the poster children of the new NHL. It certainly seems like the league is getting younger. I figured it was worth quantifying. Because of the Junior prospects try out period at the beginning of the season, I felt it was important to compare October rosters across seasons vs. a partial 2016-17 Season to a complete season in prior seasons.

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The data shows that the average age is getting younger but probably not as much as we expected. I figured there was more to the story so I took a look at age groups over time.

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As you can see the Over 30 crowd is getting smaller, down to 26% of the league from 33% in October of 2006.

Here is a quick look at how ages have trended over time by team.

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Let me know if you have any questions or requests.

 

 

 

2015-16 NHL Attendance Interim Report – December

With 3 months in the books, attendance numbers are stabilizing and should be fairly consistent from here on out.

League

Team Dashboard

Florida turnaround

Florida’s turn-around has been extraordinary and with the current winning streak, they should continue to see gains. Another way to look at their improvement is to break it down by opponent. They have a higher average attendance for 15 of the 16 teams they have played this year. 44% (18 of 41) of their games had less than 10,000 in attendance. In the first 19 games of the year (through December) all games have been over 10,000. Yes, 10,000 is not great but progress should be commended.

Florida game by game

NHL Goalies by Nationality

Earlier today I posted a chart on reddit on the changing nationality % for the NHL goalies.  As with any good charts, I got some great feedback and questions.

This was the original chart I posted.

NHLGoaliesbyNationalitySome people asked about the quality of the goalies vs. just the number of goalies that played in the league. Although quality is pretty subjective, I did offer this weighted approach by games played.

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I received some feedback on wanting to see the provincial split of the Canadian Goalies.

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Any other requests?

 

2015-15 NHL Attendance Interim Report – November

Another month in to the season and another opportunity to check in on the attendance numbers.

League Attendance

League wide attendance is relatively flat and has actually closed the drop from October. League attendance was down 1.4% at the end of October and now, through the end of November it is only down .7%.

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Similar to last month, Florida continues to drive the growth with over 45% increase year over year. With an improved product on the ice, New Jersey is starting to rebound in attendance.

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Team Drilldown Report