Walleye’s tenth season brings record setting numbers

By: 
J. Patrick Eaken

Season No. 10 is in the books and the Toledo Walleye staff say the team reached new heights once again thanks to fans.
        “Thank you FINatics for an amazing tenth season of Walleye hockey. Our FINatics are a huge part of our success, we can’t do it without you,” said a press release from public relations director Andi Roman.
        It was another record-setting season for the Walleye. With more than 280,000 fans to a new record for consecutive victories, the team tied or set more than 20 Walleye records during the 2018-19 season.
        General Manager Neil Neukam says it was a season to remember with tremendous community support.
        “We started our tenth season by recognizing those FINatics who have been here since day one of Walleye Hockey. Hosting the ECHL All-Star Weekend was such a great showcase for Toledo, including 1,200 people who attended our Hall of Fame luncheon to recognize those who helped make Toledo such a great hockey city. Our playoff run was so exciting with such an electric atmosphere at the Huntington Center. What a season it’s been,” Neukam said.  
        As the Walleye came within one game of reaching the Kelly Cup Finals, the Huntington Center was sold out for 10 of the 12 home playoff games, with total attendance of 89,581 for an average of 7,465 fans per contest: tops in the ECHL.
 
2018-19 Walleye Attendance Numbers —
• Regular season: 280,170 (average of 7,783) | new team record
• FINatics Game Plan members: 2647 | new team record
• Group ticket sales:  77,139 | new team record
• 31 of 36 regular season games sold out | new team record
• Playoffs: 89,581 (average of 7,465) | new team record
• 10 of 12 home playoff games sold out | new team record
• All-Star Classic: 7,736 | sellout crowd
• Combining the regular season, All-Star Classic and playoffs, a total 377,487 attended a Walleye game at the Huntington Center in 2018-19. 
 
New Walleye records set during 2018-19 regular season—
• Longest winning streak (10 Games from October 24 through November 17, 2018)
• Most goals scored in a period (6, March 2, 2019 vs. Fort Wayne)
• Most shots on goal in a game (55, January 19, 2019 at Kalamazoo)
• Most penalty minutes single player, single season (246, Bryan Moore)
• Most first goals of a game (7, Shane Berschbach and Greg Wolfe)
• Most games played career (320, Shane Berschbach)
• Most penalty minutes career (246, Bryan Moore)
• Most power play goals career (35, Shane Berschbach)
• Most unassisted goals career (5, AJ Jenks)
• Most shots on goal career (744, AJ Jenks)
• Most overtime/shootout losses career (7, Pat Nagle)
 
Walleye Records Tied
• Longest unbeaten in regulation streak (10 Games from October 24 through November 17, 2018)
• Consecutive games with a power play goal team (6, December 12 through December 21, 2018)
• Most power play goals player single season (12, Shane Berschbach and AJ Jenks)
• Toledo ECHL (Storm and Walleye Combined) record tied
• Longest winning streak (10 Games from October 24 through November 17, 2018)
The Walleye have more FINatics than ever, with 2,647 Game Plan Members. More groups are also attending Walleye games, as the team set a new group ticket sales mark this season with 77,139 group tickets, and we sold out our rental party suites by January. For next season, the Walleye already have 10,000 group tickets sold, so they recommend that fans don’t wait and get the dates and party spaces that they want.
Season No. 11 opening night weekend of the 2019-20 season set for Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3.
 

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