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AHL attendance is up 8 percent

Updated: December 17, 2004, 11:05 PM ET
Associated Press

With the NHL closed for business, minor-league hockey is thriving.

Attendance is up and some players with NHL experience welcome the playing time in the minors. Ten of the American Hockey League's top 13 scorers were on NHL rosters a year ago.

Chicago Wolves forward Brad Larsen started with the Colorado Avalanche and spent the final six weeks with the Atlanta Thrashers, although he was injured for much of his time in Atlanta. The Wolves are a Thrashers AHL affiliate. Larsen had already ...

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