League set record attendance for October

Updated: November 4, 2005, 5:53 PM ET

WASHINGTON -- The National Hockey League enjoyed record October attendances with an average 16,820 fans per game as crowds rose more than 4 percent from the 2003-04 season, commissioner Gary Bettman said on Friday.

While the league suffered a season-long work stoppage a year ago, 23 of the league's 30 clubs have matched or are ahead of their 2003-04 attendances, Bettman said.

"The cynics were predicting that by taking a year off, which obviously is something nobody wanted to do, we ...

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