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Toledo Walleye earn the ECHL's Team Award of Excellence

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    Young fans decked out in wizard gear for Harry Potter Night at the Huntington Center cheer on Austin Brassard (5) of the Toledo Walleye as he battles Manchester's Mikkel Aagaard for the puck.

    Blade/Katie Rausch

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    Toledo Walleye players and their fans celebrate after Colin Jacobs scored a goal against South Carolina last season. The organization captured the ECHL's Team Award of Excellence for the fourth straight season.

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    The fans go wild after The Walleye's Christian Hilbrich scores a goal against The Indy Fuel during men's hockey on March 11.

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In six of their nine seasons as an ECHL franchise, the Toledo Walleye have been named the organization with the best business model in the league.

The Walleye earned the ECHL's Team Award of Excellence on Thursday at the league's annual summer meetings in Las Vegas.

It is the fourth season in a row that the Walleye have received the award.

The honor goes to the ECHL organization that executes a well-rounded business plan including sales, marketing, media relations, and merchandising while also distinguishing itself in the community — on and off the ice.

During the 2017-18 season, the Walleye set a new single-season attendance record with a total of 273,613 spectators attending the team's 36 home games at the Huntington Center. The organization also set a record for average attendance (7,600 per game).

On the ice, the team captured the most home wins (28) and set a record for the longest unbeaten streak (16 games) at home.

The organization also earned the ECHL Team Award of Excellence in 2010 and 2012.

Contact Mark Monroe at mmonroe@theblade.com419-724-6354, or on Twitter @MonroeBlade.

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