Who loves their hockey most? Here’s the list

University of Maine men's hockey fans cheer in the first period against the University of New Hampshire during a game at Alfond Arena in Orono.
Michael C. York | BDN
University of Maine men's hockey fans cheer in the first period against the University of New Hampshire during a game at Alfond Arena in Orono. Buy Photo
Posted April 07, 2012, at 5:36 a.m.

North Dakota knows how to pack in the fans, while Air Force was the lone college hockey team in the country this season that averaged more fans than its venue could hold. Maine finished well both for the total number of people and the average attendance, filling 79 percent of its seats for the season, according to a study conducted by The Gazette.

The Black Bears averaged 4,437 fans at the Alfond Arena, with a total of 79,866 for the season. That puts it right behind New Hampshire and Massachusetts-Lowell.

Total attendance

1. North Dakota (249,501)

2. Wisconsin (235,458)

3. Minnesota (219,401)

4. Nebraska-Omaha (141,544)

5. Colorado College (135,078)

6. Minnesota-Duluth (126,552)

7. Michigan (125,932)

8. Denver (117,908)

9. St. Cloud State (98,779)

10. Boston College (98,737)

11. Michigan State (96,546)

12. Notre Dame (96,443)

13. Boston University (89,338)

14. Massachusetts-Lowell (88,277)

15. New Hampshire (84,750)

16. Maine (79,866)

17. Massachusetts (73,794)

18. Western Michigan (68,878)

19. Vermont (64,319)

20. Cornell (63,571)

21. Bemidji State (63,384)

22. Miami (60,421)

23. Northern Michigan (59,272)

24. Minnesota State-Mankato (58,110)

25. Ohio State (56,990)

26. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (54,967)

27. Yale (53,875)

28. Alaska-Anchorage (52,583)

29. Alaska (52,322)

30. Northeastern (51,564)

31. Quinnipiac (50,481)

32. Michigan Tech (49,865)

33. Dartmouth (49,786)

34. Clarkson (44,079)

35. Air Force (42,206)

36. Merrimack (41,815)

37. Ferris State (40,894)

38. Lake Superior State (38,780)

39. Bowling Green (37,401)

40. Rochester Institute of Technology (36,028)

41. Providence (35,619)

42. Harvard (33,367)

43. Union (32,137)

44. Army (29,579)

45. St. Lawrence (26,585)

46. Colgate (24,583)

47. Princeton (22,295)

48. Holy Cross (18,519)

49. Niagara (16,579)

50. Brown (16,492)

51. Alabama-Huntsville (15,266)

52. Mercyhurst (15,181)

53. Robert Morris (14,397)

54. Connecticut (13,501)

55. Canisius (10,018)

56. Bentley (9,479)

57. Sacred Heart (5,431)

58. American International (3,196)

Average attendance

1. Wisconsin (11,773)

2. North Dakota (11,341)

3. Minnesota (9,539)

4. Nebraska-Omaha (7,864)

5. Colorado College (6,754)

6. Minnesota-Duluth (6,328)

7. Boston College (6,171)

8. Michigan (5,997)

9. Michigan State (5,364)

10. Denver (5,359)

11. New Hampshire (5,297)

12. Boston University (4,963)

13. St. Cloud State (4,939)

14. Massachusetts-Lowell (4,904)

15. Massachusetts (4,612)

16. Notre Dame (4,593)

17. Maine (4,437)

18. Cornell (4,238)

19. Ohio State (3,799)

20. Vermont (3,573)

21. Bemidji State (3,521)

22. Western Michigan (3,444)

23. Northeastern (3,438)

24. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (3,435)

25. Minnesota State-Mankato (3,228)

26. Yale (3,169)

27. Dartmouth (3,112)

28. Alaska-Anchorage (3,093)

29. Alaska (3,078)

30. Miami (3,021)

31. Northern Michigan (2,964)

32. Michigan Tech (2,933)

33. Quinnipiac (2,524)

34. Air Force (2,483)

35. Merrimack (2,460)

36. Clarkson (2,449)

37. Lake Superior State (2,154)

38. Harvard (2,085)

39. Bowling Green (2,078)

40. Union (2,009)

41. Army (1,972)

42. Rochester Institute of Technology (1,896)

43. Providence (1,875)

44. Ferris State (1,859)

45. Princeton (1,858)

46. Alabama-Huntsville (1,527)

47. St. Lawrence (1,399)

48. Brown (1,374)

49. Colgate (1,294)

50. Holy Cross (1,089)

51. Niagara (975)

52. Mercyhurst (949)

53. Robert Morris (758)

54. Connecticut (750)

55. Canisius (626)

56. Bentley (527)

57. Sacred Heart (388)

58. American International (228)

Percentage of capacity

1. Air Force (101 percent)

T2. Cornell (99 percent)

T2. Merrimack (99 percent)

4. North Dakota (97 percent)

5. Minnesota-Duluth (96 percent)

6. Minnesota (95 percent)

7. Western Michigan (94 percent)

T8. Colorado College (92 percent)

T8. St. Cloud State (92 percent)

10. Yale (91 percent)

T11. Michigan (90 percent)

T11. Rochester Institute of Technology (90 percent)

T11. Union (90 percent)

T14. Dartmouth (89 percent)

T14. Denver (89 percent)

T14. Princeton (89 percent)

T14. Vermont (89 percent)

18. Notre Dame (84 percent)

T19. Miami (83 percent)

T19. Michigan State (83 percent)

21. Clarkson (82 percent)

T22. Bemidji State (81 percent)

T22. New Hampshire (81 percent)

T24. Boston University (79 percent)

T24. Maine (79 percent)

26. Boston College (78 percent)

27. Wisconsin (77 percent)

28. Northern Michigan (76 percent)

T29. Ferris State (75 percent)

T29. Massachusetts-Lowell (75 percent)

T29. Quinnipiac (75 percent)

T32. Army (74 percent)

T32. Northeastern (74 percent)

34. Harvard (73 percent)

35. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (72 percent)

36. Michigan Tech (71 percent)

37. Holy Cross (68 percent)

38. Alaska (67 percent)

39. Minnesota State-Mankato (65 percent)

T40. Mercyhurst (63 percent)

T40. Robert Morris (63 percent)

42. Providence (62 percent)

43. Massachusetts (55 percent)

44. Lake Superior State (54 percent)

45. Colgate (50 percent)

46. Nebraska-Omaha (49 percent)

47. Alaska-Anchorage (48 percent)

48. Niagara (46 percent)

49. Brown (45 percent)

50. St. Lawrence (44 percent)

T51. Bentley (42 percent)

T51. Bowling Green (42 percent)

53. Sacred Heart (39 percent)

54. Connecticut (38 percent)

55. Canisius (35 percent)

56. Alabama-Huntsville (23 percent)

57. Ohio State (22 percent)

58. American International (10 percent)

© 2012 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

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