Monday, December 14, 2009

Hockey in Canada

Of the six NHL teams in Canada, only one team has not sold out every game, that is the Ottawa Senators. There have been a total of 10,320 tickets not sold in Ottawa this year over 18 games.

Of the 24 American teams, only seven have managed sell outs in all their games this season.

Last season all six of the Canadian teams sold every game. Only six US teams accomplished the same. 2007-08, 2006-07, and 2005-06 were the same. Basically it has been years since a Canadian team has not been able to count on regular sell outs.

This consistency means that Canadian teams charge the highest prices for game tickets in the league.

What this says to me is that there is space in Canada for a number of more NHL teams. Clearly Quebec, Hamilton and Winnipeg should have teams. I believe that there is a market for a second team in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. It is in the NHL's interest to make a strong move back to Canada as soon as possible.

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