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I noticed a lot of buzz on my Twitter feed today about the Albany Devils and some of the tweets were pretty awful. I had to find out what was the rumpus. It basically has to do with their attendance woes and the cavalier attitude that the front office has in reference to this. This season, the Albany Devils (top affiliate of the New Jersey Devils) were the worst team in the American Hockey League and their attendance numbers were by far the worst in the league. The truth of the matter is that Albany hasn’t had much success at the gate for several years. In the mid-1990s they were a great team on the ice and at the box office, but it’s gone downhill over the last several seasons.
At the conclusion of the regular season, Albany GM Chris Lamoriello ruffled some feathers when he casually said:
We don’t worry about the people that aren’t here. We worry about the people that are here. That is our focus”
When you’re averaging 3,100 people a game, the focus needs to be on getting more people in the stands. That’s dead last in the league, more than 2,200 under the league average. Hockey fans in Albany are upset with this attitude, and they should be.