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North Dakota the top draw in NCAA hockey yet again
Courtesy: Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
Release: 03/26/2018
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota led NCAA Division I men’s hockey in attendance for the seventh year in a row in 2017-18, drawing nearly 240,000 fans through the gates of Ralph Engelstad Arena.

North Dakota totaled 239,563 fans during its 21 home games this season, making it the only program in the country to exceed the 200,000 plateau. The Fighting Hawks also led the nation in average attendance for the fourth straight season in 2017-18, averaging 11,408 fans per game, and drew to 98 percent capacity in the 11,634-seat Engelstad Arena.

“There is no greater fanbase in all of college hockey and we are grateful for their amazing devotion,” said UND Head Coach Brad Berry. “Our fans provide us with a tremendous home-ice advantage when we’re playing at Ralph Engelstad Arena and they’ve shown time and time again that they’ll follow us on the road, loudly and proudly, no matter where we go. The support we have is unparalleled in our sport and we couldn’t be more appreciative.”

North Dakota 17-13-10 overall in 2017-18 and lost just five of its 21 home games (10-5-6).

NCAA Total Attendance Leaders
1.  North Dakota (21 GP), 239,563 
2. Wisconsin (18), 198,283
3. Minnesota (16), 165,785
4. Denver (21), 118,954
5. Minnesota Duluth (20), 116,224
6. Penn State (19), 112,221
7. Omaha (18), 110,115
8. Ohio State (20), 106,737
9. Michigan (19), 102,575
10. Notre Dame (21), 96,675

NCAA Average Attendance Leaders
1. North Dakota, 11,408 
2. Wisconsin, 10,436
3. Minnesota, 8,725
4. Omaha, 6,118
5. Penn State, 5,906
6. Minnesota Duluth, 5,811
7. Denver, 5,665
8. Michigan, 5,399
9. Ohio State, 5,337
10. Michigan State, 5,157

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