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Blackhawks Establish Preseason Attendance Record On Saturday

09/19/2009 9:02 PM

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The Chicago Blackhawks have established a preseason franchise record tonight by hosting a capacity crowd of 19,734 fans for their game against the Washington Capitals. Prior to Saturday’s contest, the previous preseason record was set on September 23, 2008 when Chicago hosted 18,752 fans for its matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blackhawks led the National Hockey League with an average of 22,247 fans per game during the 2008-09 regular-season, which includes setting a league club record by attracting an average of 21,732 fans to its 40 home dates at the United Center. Chicago also established a franchise record by welcoming over 1,000,000 fans (1,052,261) to the United Center in 2008-09, including the regular-season and playoffs.

Dating back to the end of the 2007-08 regular season and including the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs (no preseason games), Chicago has entertained 52 consecutive capacity crowds.

Tickets to the Blackhawks’ final home preseason game at the United Center against the Minnesota Wild on Friday, September 25 at 7:30 P.M., along with the remaining 40 regular-season home contests in Chicago, are available through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster retail locations, at the United Center box office, The Blackhawks Store (333 N. Michigan Avenue), and at