Skip to content

Canadians largely holding on to NHL season tickets

Dec 29, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

Winnipeg Jets

Plenty of people have voiced their frustration and anger over the ongoing NHL lockout, but if you’re a season-ticket holder in Canada, odds are you’re still holding onto your seats.

It is believed that less than 200 season-tickets have been canceled among the seven Canadian franchises since the start of the lockout, according to the Globe and Mail.

The team that’s endured the best so far in that regard is the Winnipeg Jets. After finally witnessing the NHL’s return to Winnipeg, not a single Jets’ season-ticket holder has given up his seats as a result of this lockout.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are reporting one cancelation over the course of the lockout while the Montreal Canadiens have endured eight.

Part of the reason for that might be the difficulty involved in getting season-tickets in the first place. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging a couple cancelations per week, but they have a waiting list almost 7,000 seats long. Montreal and Winnipeg’s waiting lists are even longer.

Most Canadian season-ticket holders are also allowed to pick between getting interest on the money they’ve paid or receiving refunds as contests get canceled.

Of course, we ultimately won’t know what impact this lockout will have on the growth of the game until it ends.

The NHL recently made a new CBA proposal and the union is reportedly preparing its counteroffer.

  1. trick9 - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    I wonder how many season tickets have been canceled in Florida or Phoenix. 50%? 60%?

    Those teams need to be relocated to avoid lockouts in the future. Those teams will continue to lose money otherwise.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Dec 30, 2012 at 12:35 AM

      As I’ve said at least a couple of times on here, I’m willing to give Florida a chance.

      No matter what town your in, if you don’t make the playoffs for a decade, fans won’t show up (except maybe the NFL, but that’s a whole different thing). Florida fans started to show once the fans finally weren’t skeptical about them. The sold out and packed even more in Bank Atlantic or BB&T or whatever the the hell it’s called now arena for the playoffs. The same playoffs that had them taking the east champions to game 7 overtime in the 1st round; and guess what, the majority of that team is coming back if/when we have a season. Add to that the fact they have a top 5 farm system, and big time player in Nick Bjustead who would have left the University of Minnesota to join Florida. This damn lock out gave him the choice to stay here.

      Until last year, the last time the Panthers made the playoffs, the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets hadn’t played a game in the NHL. Florida’s division rival was the Atlanta Thrashers in their inaugural season, and Nashville was in their second year. George Bush was president and the Twin Towers stood over Manhatten. When you go that long without making the playoffs, any NHL market will not show up.

  2. rushledger - Dec 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Well if I was a Jets fan and I had season tickets after all the years of no hockey in Winnipeg I’d be hard press to give up the tickets too.

  3. davemeisner - Dec 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Booya Winnipeg! It’s even more impressive since there are 13,000 season ticket holders for the jets.

  4. wisbadgers - Dec 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    So let me get this straight. The smallest hockey arena in the world (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ice_hockey_arenas_by_capacity) has the least amount of people returning their season tickets.
    Shocker!!!

  5. blomfeld - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    The problem lies in the old Confederacy, not Canada …

    Of course there won’t be a problem in Canada when the puck drops on Saturday January 19th at 1500 hrs EST. Arenas will be sold out right across the land and the demand for any “last minute” tickets may be even more rabid than before? I also suspect that the same will apply in the traditional US markets like New York, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, etc. What does concern me however, are all of these “sunbelt” teams which Gary is trying so hard to shore up. Now I already know that the Phoenix situation has been dealt with, as an announcement on the sale and relocation of that franchise will be made shortly after the CBA announcement is made. But what about places like Dallas, Nashville, Raleigh, Tampa, Florida, Anaheim? … not to mention Long Island, Columbus, Saint Louis, etc. Surely those teams are now going to take a “significant” hit in terms of initial attendance? … or will they?

    Don’t ask me why friends, but something is telling me that Bettman has a plan up his sleeve. In fact, something is telling me that attendances in these Confederate “sunbelt” cities will not only “not” take a hit, in fact they may now even go right “through the roof” in a way that’s never been seen before! I honestly don’t know why I’m thinking like this, but I am and that’s good enough for me! Nonetheless, the bottom line is that an “announcement” is now only days away and the resumption of play not more than 14 x days thereafter (ie: January 19th @ 1500 hrs EST). So everyone should please try and be happy ! :)

  6. greatminnesotasportsmind - Dec 30, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    The only small tid bit left out, was Winnipeg fans had to commit to 3-5 years of season tickets in order to get their tickets for last year.

  7. manchestermiracle - Dec 30, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    You can bet dollars to donuts that these kinds of statistics are followed closely by the NHL brass. They can lock out the players and piss away more than half a season with confidence that the fans’ money will still be there for the taking. I love hockey, too, but at what point of abuse do you finally stop rewarding the abuser?

  8. namriverrat69 - Dec 30, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    I would venture to say that a super majority of all teams season ticket holders are holding onto their tickets. If there was a mass loss of ticket revenue the owners would have stepped up sooner than the point of canceling the whole season. Yet there is still nothing agreed to. This could have been and should have been done months ago.

    What a loss for us fans whether we be season ticket holders or just fans of the game. We all support our teams and buy our teams gear. Too bad the players and owners don’t reciprocate our support and appreciation.

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. R. Johansen (2286)
  2. J. Harding (1905)
  3. D. Alfredsson (1552)
  4. S. Crosby (1372)
  5. J. Quick (1352)
  1. D. Kuemper (1269)
  2. S. Bennett (1262)
  3. A. Ovechkin (1099)
  4. B. Schenn (1083)
  5. J. Tootoo (1047)