The Worcester Railers are emerging as a success story, as the club has been met with strong attendance and community support over the 2017-18 ECHL season.
The Railers made their ECHL debut at the beginning of the 2017-18 season. From their first game at the DCU Center, it was expected that the Railers could be setting the tone for a strong inaugural season, as their home opener was attended by a sellout crowd.
In the months since that October game, the Railers have maintained a solid pace. Not only is the club winning on the ice, but attendance and overall support from the Worcester community has been strong. More from The Telegram:
Their attendance is 10th best in the 27-team league — best by far in the Northern Division — and their record was a game above .500 through 27 games. People are walking around the city wearing Railers stocking caps and sweatshirts, and owner Cliff Rucker gets asked for his autograph.
Good, but not perfect, and the Railers are an organization that would like to win 73 out of 72 games every year.
“We’re in the middle of doing our internal midseason grades,” team president Mike Myers said, “but as far as a snapshot goes, we’re delighted at the response. Our goal is to fill the building every night, so I wouldn’t be honest if I said we’re not disappointed on the nights when we get lighter crowds, but some of that is out of our control.
“After every game, we grade ourselves on how we did, where we might improve, see if there’s a way we can get three percent better next time.
The Railers are the first professional hockey team to call Worcester and the DCU Center home since the AHL’s Sharks relocated to San Jose after the 2014-15 season.
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