Canada’s biggest teams are again the NHL’s most prized tickets, according to data released just ahead of the new ice hockey season.
Montreal Canadiens have the highest average ticket prices according to secondary ticket marketplace TickPick, with Toronto Maple Leafs in third place. The Canadiens’ average price is $195 (£147/€165), with the Maple Leafs at $146.
Vivid Seats reports that four of the top 10 most expensive teams are from Canada. The Maple Leafs attract the highest average price of $275 on Vivid Seats, with the Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets also among the elite.
However, another Canadian team, Calgary Flames, is the cheapest NHL team to watch through TickPick, with tickets reselling for an average $43. Ottawa Senators are the third cheapest at $54, with Florida Panthers in-between.
The most expensive US team with TickPick is the New York Rangers at $190, with Minnesota Wild and league new-boys Vegas Golden Knights completing the top five.
The Knights play its first ever host home league game against Arizona Coyotes on October 11 at the T-Mobile Arena.
Vivid Seats said: “Interest is robust in the league’s newest team and the first major league professional sports team in Las Vegas, the Vegas Golden Knights. The median ticket price for its inaugural season overall is $136; the median price for the team’s first regular season home game is $270.”
While the Stanley Cup finalist Nashville Predators has Vivid Seats’ fourth-highest median ticket price of $198, the two-time consecutive Stanley Cup winning Pittsburgh Penguins have a median ticket price of only $124, a full $74 or 37 percent less than the team it vanquished during last year’s finals.
A little over half the teams in the NHL, according to TickPick data, average ticket prices of more than $100, with 16 clubs eclipsing that mark.
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