TRUE FACTS ABOUT THE AHL
The American Hockey League
The American Hockey League (AHL) will be the major anchor tenant for Project Ice Track. The AHL now in its 71st year, is the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams and attracted more than 6.3 million fans across North America in the 2005-2006 season. This level of play will bring a whole new dimension for hockey lovers.
True Facts About The AHL
- AHL’s average ticket price is only $12 U.S.
- AHL’s average attendance in 2005/06 season was 5,488.
- 82% NHL players of last season were graduates of the AHL.
- 50% of the AHL fan base consists of families and children.
- The AHL and its member clubs raise and donate over $2,000,000 to local and national charities each season.
- AHL teams donate over 75,000 tickets to local charities, schools and youth groups each season.
- AHL attendance has increased more that 150% since 1992.
- More than 200 AHL games are televised each season, including the annual AHL All-Star Classic, which will be held this year in Toronto.
- The AHL has operated continuously since 1936, and one of the first vice-presidents of the League was John Chick of Windsor, Ontario.
- Since 1936, over 77% of all NHL players have developed their skills in the AHL. Including greats as Terry Sawchuk, Don Cherry, Grant Fuhr, Bob Gainey, Tim Horton, Larry Robinson, Patrick Roy, Mikka Kiprusoff, and former Windsor Spitfire Jason Spezza.