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Report: Canadian NHL teams are rolling in it

Jan 2, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

The Toronto Star shocked the world yesterday, publishing a story that revealed Canadian NHL teams are making lots of money while teams in non-traditional hockey markets aren’t making as much money.

The newspaper cited a “secret National Hockey League report” that detailed the ticket revenues of all 30 teams from the 2010-11 and 2007-08 seasons.

Thanks to for posting the accompanying table online.



No huge surprises there. Maybe when you see the figures in front of your very eyes, there’s some shock value. I mean, everyone knew the Leafs and Habs did well at the gate, but five times as much ticket revenue per game than the Islanders?

Oh, and to anyone who doesn’t think Alex Ovechkin deserves such a fat contract? There’s his retort.

Anyway, we’re pretty focused on the Winter Classic today, so feel free to discuss amongst yourselves.

  1. bigtganks - Jan 2, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Wow, how in the world could the NHL move Atlanta to Winnipeg?!?

    – (both) Thrashers Fans

  2. brucewaynewins - Jan 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    I like that the 16th team is NHL rather than the team acronym.

    • brucewaynewins - Jan 2, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      And now I see its league average *egg on face*

  3. mornelithe - Jan 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    So I guess that means they can afford to help rebuild Vancouver?

  4. bigtganks - Jan 2, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Wow, Calgary and Edmonton make more than Chicago and Boston.

    • danphipps01 - Jan 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      That surprises me. I thought all the Original Six were top-ten in revenue. Then again, this is only ticket revenue. Merchandise and TV deals must switch up the order a lot.

  5. dadawg77 - Jan 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Assuming table is in US dollars and the strengthening of the Can Dollar, it isn’t hard to imagine that Canadian teams have a higher US Dollar per game. I wouldn’t expect Canadian teams to lower, probably they increased, their ticket prices as the Canadian dollar strengthen.

  6. davebabychreturns - Jan 3, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Wow, 14 of 30 NHL teams making less at the gate in 2010-11 than they did in 2007-08. I guess in fairness that season was right on the cusp of the US recession, and of course the Thrashets will see a substantial increase from last year to this year, but still.

    Over 1/3 of the league is worse off on the even of CBA renegotiation than they were three years after the last lockout – and the cap ceiling has increased by nearly $15m since that season.

    Hopefully this does not mean another lockout.

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