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A total of 56,354 fans attended USHL games this past weekend, giving the League more than one million fans in total attendance for the 18th consecutive season.
“First and foremost the USHL would like to extend thanks to our amazing fans who make Tier 1 junior hockey in America something special for our players to compete in every weekend,” said Bob Fallen, President and Commissioner. “The commitment from our ownership groups and their front office staff members has helped to create an exciting hockey product that has become a cornerstone of so many communities.”
The Sioux Falls Stampede led the weekend with 10,678 fans in attendance for a sold-out Saturday matchup against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.
As of today, 12 USHL teams have a total attendance of 50,000 or more this season. The Madison Capitols are expected to reach 50,000 for the third consecutive year since joining the USHL this weekend, which would give the League 13 teams above the milestone.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.