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by Paul on 12/26/13 at 09:42 AM ET
from the QMI AGENCY at the Toronto Sun,
Simply put, not much has changed under IceArizona, which purchased the struggling ‘Yotes earlier this year.
“I’m probably a little disappointed in where we are with attendance,” Coyotes CEO Anthony LeBlanc told the Arizona Republic. “There are those marquee games like the Chicago game, which was obviously a very big night for us from the perspective that we broke the regular-season franchise record for gate revenue for a single game. But (two weeks ago), we had the Islanders and Carolina in town and there was roughly 10,000, 11,000 people in the building, and that’s simply not good enough.”
Maybe more concerning is the fact Phoenix is averaging about 1,000 fewer fans than it did last season after the league relinquished complete control of the team.
“Our next home game on Dec. 27 against San Jose, that’s going to be a sellout,” LeBlanc said. “That’s encouraging, but overall it would be unfair for me to say that I’m thrilled with where things are. There are some positives, but there’s a lot more work. We need stronger support.”
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