The Calgary Flames were 6th at 19,097 (99%) followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs, (19,062/101.3%) and the Minnesota Wild (19,023/106%) in 7th and 8th place.
Considering their poor record on the ice, the Buffalo Sabres were an impressive 13th at 18,580 (97.4%) with the St. Louis Blues in 14th with 18,545 (96.8%). The defending champion Los Angeles Kings (18,265/100.2%) were 15h and the Ottawa Senators 16th at 18,246 (95.3%).
The Nashville Predators at 21st drew an average of 16,854 (98.5%) at home, but were the poorest draw on the road at 17,006, down to 93.4%. The Edmonton Oilers, whose overall attendance was limited by the size of the 41-year-old Rexall Place, which seats just 16,839, did play to 100% capacity for 22nd. The Colorado Avalanche were the first NHL team to play at less than 90% capacity as they averaged 16,176 for 89.8% in 23rd place worldwide.
The New Jersey Devils are 27th at 15,189 (86.2%) while the Winnipeg Jets faithful sold out every game for a 100.2% capacity at the tiny MTS Centre (capacity 15,004) to place 27th in the NHL and 28th worldwide at 15,037.
It's back to Europe for KHL leaders Dynamo Minsk of Belarus at 14,120 (93.6%) in 29th followed by the Arizona Coyotes at 13,345, the first NHL team under 80% capacity at 77.9% for 30th worldwide. German DEL leaders Eisbaren Berlin (Berlin Polar Bears) are 31st at 13,018 (91.7%), another European club whose supporters who put the "fan" in fanatic.
KHL champions SKA Saint Petersburg were the top club in Russia (second in the KHL) at 12,125 at 97% for 33rd.
Next is a shocker at #34, the University of North Dakota of the NCHC, who led all of NCAA college hockey at an average of 11,516 green-clad faithful, outdrawing every professional club in the world outside of the NHL, save four, and an NHL club at their Ralph Englestad Arena, playing to 99% capacity as the 34th ranked team worldwide. All the team needs now is a nickname for the fans to get behind...
37th in the world went to Kolner Haie (Cologne Sharks) of the DEL at 11,161, which was good for 3rd in their league but a lowly 60.3% in their massive 18,500 capacity Lanxess Arena.
Trailing just behind are the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League at 9,698 in 41st place to lead all of Canadian major junior hockey.
The top team in the Ontario Hockey League ranks 45th, the London Knights, who drew 8,977.
Next are Slovan Bratislava, a member of the KHL from Slovakia (8,975) in 46th place, the Russian side Lokomotiv Yaroslavl also of the KHL at #47 at 8,928 (an impressive 98.7% of capacity), the DEL's Hamburg Freezers (8,906) in 48th place and Avangard Omsk again of the KHL at 8,666 per game in 49th position.
Completing the Top 50 worldwide are the Calgary Hitmen, the best attended club in Canada's Western Hockey League in Canadian Juniors in at 8,462. Only one other team in the three Canadian junior leagues, the QMJHL, OHL and WHL, drew over 7,000, that being the QMJHL's Halifax Mooseheads at 7,748 in 57th, although the Kitchener Rangers (OHL, 64th) were at 6,992, just shy of 7,000.
Also of note, second in the AHL were the Lake Erie Monsters of Cleveland, Ohio who played before 8,337 a night in 51st, HC Pardubice, best in the Czech Extraliga (8,298) in 52nd and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL were the final team to draw over 8,000 per game at 8,085 in 53rd place.
The ECHL leaders were the Ontario Reign at 7,656 in 59th, but they are swapping places and names with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL for 2015-16, which will hopefully see the fans in Ontario, California turn out in even greater numbers to see players another step higher on the development ladder.
60th place went to HK Sochi, a first year club in the KHL who drew 7,557. The top club in the United Kingdom's Elite Ice Hockey League were the Nottingham Panthers at 5,266, over 500 above the second place Belfast Giants. Also of note, KAC Klagenfurt at 4,761 led the Austrian EBHL.
In North America, the top team in the junior United States Hockey League was by far and away the Sioux Falls Stampede, who drew 6,376, over 2,800 more than the next best club in the USHL! In fact, the Stampede's outstanding numbers would rank them sixth in the NCAA and eighth if they were in the Canadian Major Junior system. The leaders of the Southern Professional Hockey League were the Peoria Rivermen at 3,788. The University of Connecticut Huskies led Hockey East with 5,396, the St. Cloud State Huskies were tops in the WCHA at 4,398, the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers at 3,307 were tops in Atlantic Hockey while the Quinnipiac Bobcats topped the ECAC at 3,123.