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The Hershey Bears have long been considered one of the elite teams of the American Hockey League. The Bears have won eleven Calder Cups and had eleven of its coaches and players inducted into the NHL or AHL halls of fame. With its rich history and fantastic arena, the Bears have routinely churned out top prospects and cultivated a huge following, leading the AHL in attendance for the past six seasons. But how do they compare to the rest of the world?

On Monday, Sports.ru blogger Viktor Mayorov tabulated the current average attendance numbers for every hockey team in Europe, which included leagues in Russia (KHL), Germany (DEL), Switzerland (NLA), Austria (EBEL), Sweden (Elitserien), and Finland (SM-Liiga).

The results are below the jump.

European Hockey Home Attendance, 2012-13

1. SC Bern – NLA – 16,296
2. Dinamo Minsk – KHL – 14,214
3. Eisbaren Berlin – DEL – 14,016
4. Kolner Haie – DEL – 12,321
5. SKA St. Petersburg – KHL – 11,785
6. Adler Mannheim – DEL – 10,301
7. Slovan Bratislava – KHL – 9,925
8. Jokerit Helsinki – SM-Liiga – 9,658
9. Hershey Bears – AHL – 9,085
10. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl – KHL – 8,728

Not only does the Hershey Bears’ attendance nearly double Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom’s Dynamo Moscow (5,890 – 37th in Europe), they would be ranked ninth overall among all European teams. Backstrom’s former team Brynas has an average attendance of 6,324, good for third in the SEL (28th in Europe), while Evgeny Kuznetsov’s Traktor Cheylabinsk averaged 7,229 (19th in Europe) and Fillp Forsberg’s Leksands IF averaged 4,860 (4th among all European Minor League teams).

The second most popular AHL team, the Lake Erie Monsters, would’ve fallen outside of the top 20 with an average attendance of 7,184.

Those Pennsylvanians sure love their Bears.

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  • LetsGoCaps

    Moscow Dynamo Home attendance is only 8512, then it`s no suprise

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimjkelly Jim Kelly

    Hell yes, still behind my Eisbären!

  • http://twitter.com/JoanneEMagee joanne magee

    Yes we do!!!!!WOOOOOOO

  • Dark Stranger

    I don’t understand why the Dynamo don’t draw better. If I were a resident of Moscow,. I’d be attending their games. Would be wanting my Ovi fix. (For the record, I’ve attended 2 Bears games this year not counting the AHL Showcase at Verizon Center since the Caps have been locked out.)

  • http://twitter.com/oliefan37 Ian Reynard

    Not too shabby when you consider they can only reach sixth place with perfect attendance. DM may have seen a higher average if NHL stars were there at the start of the KHL season.

  • Yuk

    To be fair Dynamo has more stiff entertaining competition in Moscow. There are 5 KHL teams in Moscow and suburbs plus 4 premier league football (soccer) clubs. And reported eternal traffic jams in Moscow are also not helping to draw fans on weekdays especially.
    Interesting to see that, while having highest attendance in the world for Bundesliga soccer games, Germans like to attend hockey games despite not winning anything on International stage

  • sentientcheese

    …. why does this man look like a bro version of Dale Hunter?