The Chicago Blackhawks are on pace to welcome their one millionth fan during the 2008-09 season, which includes the regular season and playoffs, before the team hosts the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Monday at 8:00 P.M.
The Blackhawks have hosted a franchise record 984, 233 fans in 45 home dates at the United Center, including 40 during the regular season and five during the team’s first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance in seven years. Chicago established a single-season regular-season attendance record in 2008-09, hosting 871, 337 fans in 40 dates at the United Center, surpassing the 835,971 set in 1995-96 (41 dates).
The Blackhawks set a National Hockey League club record by attracting an average of 21,783 to their 40 home dates at United Center (not including the 40,818 who filled Wrigley Field for the Winter Classic on New Year's Day) this season. Chicago is averaging 22,578 fans per game through their first five home contests of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Blackhawks, who are currently 4-1 on home ice during the playoffs, racked up 24 wins at the United Center (24-9-8) during the regular season, their most in seven years.