Eric McErlain at Off Wing Opinion unearthed an interesting piece by StubHub, the ticket reseller, that lists their top 10 average ticket resale prices and the top 10 average prices for rivalry matchups.
It's no surprise who tops each list: God's (and apparently Capitalism's) team. The Leafs bring in an average of $ 183USD for their tickets to top the individual list (by $63) and the price tags of $ 176USD for their games with the Canadiens and $ 154 for the Battle of Ontario gives them the top two spots on the second list.
One thing to note about the first list is that the top 5 teams are Canadian.
"But PPP, aren't there 6 Canadian teams?"
That is correct. There are six Canadian teams in the NHL. You would be right to assume that all 6 Canadian teams would be at the top of the list or at least in the top 10 what with each fanbase being so loyal and rabid, right? Well apparently the denizens of the city that fun forgot do not include that many senators fans since their ticket does not rank among the top 10 in the league. The other Canadian teams would like to take this time to pat them on their head and smile.
In fact, the only place where they rank on the list is when they ride their big brother's coattails. On behalf of Leafs Nation (and the fans of all of the other Canadian teams), I extend a sincere 'You are welcome' to the senators and their fans for doing our part to keep the team in Ottawa by buying tickets to the four BoOs (and other all-Canadian matchups) in nearby (read: far away) Kanata.