The Carolina Hurricanes’ home attendance Tuesday – or lack thereof – again has created some chatter throughout the NHL. The Canes, following a sellout at PNC Arena on Saturday for their home opener, had an announced crowd of 7,892 Tuesday for their Metropolitan Division game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Canes have ranked last among NHL teams in home attendance the past two seasons, drawing an average of 11,776 in 2016-17. In an interview last week, Canes president Don Waddell was asked if finishing last in the league was embarrassing. “We’re not last in the league in attendance,” Waddell said. “You guys can publish (attendance) reports, but I go by dollars. So we’re not last. “Nobody is happy where we are, no doubt. We also have to continue to keep moving all the elements forward. If we can do that, I think attendance is going to pick up with that.” Waddell said that when he was named president in July 2014, the Canes had a season-ticket base – in terms of full-season ticket holders and season-ticket equivalencies – of about 5,400. He said that base has been built to about 7,000.
Hurricanes president disputes attendance figures: 'I go by dollars'
Raleigh News & Observer | Oct 12