Via A2Y: The Athletic’s Sean Shapiro discusses NHL team attendance issues, including the Red Wings

Via Paul Kukla of Abel to Yzerman comes the following: The Athletic’s Sean Shapiro posted the attendance numbers for each and every one of the NHL’s 32 teams, and the Red Wings are having some concerns:

Detroit Red Wings: 16,469; 84.4%

There are COVID-related concerns in these markets. The Penguins and Red Wings, for example, didn’t put in COVID-related protocols for fans when it comes to tests and vaccinations out of fear they would push away certain parts of their fan base.

Detroit also has a season-ticket holder contingency based in Canada that hasn’t been able to cross the border as easily because of the COVID-protocols. With a more relaxed border, it’ll be interesting to see how that impacts the number at the gate for Detroit moving forward.

Continued; I know that the Canadian fan issue has been a big concern because the Red Wings are offering $75 PCR COVID tests for their Canadian fans so that they can cross the border and go back home. Those tests usually cost $185-200.

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