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League sees 8.4 percent increase

Updated: March 2, 2005, 10:49 AM ET
Associated Press

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Locked-out NHL stars helped the Swedish Elite League set an attendance record this season.

The league said Wednesday that 1.86 million people attended games this season, an 8.4 percent increase from the previous year.

More than 50 NHL players competed in the 12-team league, including Colorado's Peter Forsberg and Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg. The NHL canceled its season last month.

Zetterberg was the league's top scorer with 50 points in 50 games ...

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