League sees 8.4 percent increase


STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Locked-out NHL stars helped the Swedish
Elite League set an attendance record this season.

The league said Wednesday that 1.86 million people attended
games this season, an 8.4 percent increase from the previous year.

More than 50 NHL players competed in the 12-team league,
including Colorado's Peter Forsberg and Detroit's Henrik
Zetterberg. The NHL canceled its season last month.

Zetterberg was the league's top scorer with 50 points in 50
games -- 19 goals and 31 assists. The top goal scorers with 26 each
were Linkoping's Mike Knuble of the Boston Bruins and Modo's
Mattias Weinhandl of the New York Islanders. Henrik Lundqvist of
first-place Frolunda was the best goalie, with a 93.55 save

The regular season ended Tuesday, and the best-of-seven
quarterfinals start Friday. The playoffs are expected to last until