Heating-Up the Ice – NHL is back!

Starting the season with a bit of adversity, many players are already getting banned for fighting:

Toronto forward David Clarkson was suspended 10 regular-season games without pay for leaving the bench to take part in a fight during the Maple Leafs’ game against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night. — AP via ESPN 

as well as  finding new ways to bend rules,

Brett Gallant and Krys Barch find rule loophole and remove each other’s helmets before fighting.

but in the eye of the storm friendship prevails…

Baffalo Sabres vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – Sept. 22, 2013

 

Catch all of the action, friendly and foe, during this week’s games of the night:

Tuesday, Sept. 24Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings at 10:30PM

Wednesday, Sept. 25Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Detroit Wings at 7:30PM

Thursday, Sept. 26Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens at 7:30PM

Friday, Sept. 27New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings at 10:30PM

Saturday, Sept. 28San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks at 10:00PM

Sunday, Sept. 29Ottawa Senators vs. New York Islanders at 6/7:30PM

Tuesday Trivia June 25th: Blackhawks Edition

tuesdaytrivia_hockey04Congratulations to Anthony Struck, the winner of today’s Tuesday Trivia contest!  Anthony, please email us at facebook@ticketcity.com to receive your $25 gift card.

Question: Before last night, when was the last time the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup?

Correct Answer: 2010

 

TicketCity Ranks the Most Engaged NHL Fan Bases

We’re excited to announce the first annual TicketCity ranking of the most engaged fan bases in the NHL. The ranking, based on an algorithm that evaluates fan activity in terms on home attendance, social media following, average ticket price, and monthly search volume provides a unique perspective as to which NHL fans are the most engaged with their team both online and offline.

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Many of the teams represented on this list will go head to head over the next week looking towards playoffs.  The Pittsburgh Penguins, in first place in the Eastern Conference as of February 17, will go head to head against the Pittsburgh Flyers on February 20, in what is sure to be a high-scoring game.  Other matchups include tomorrow’s Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks, the New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens (Feb. 23), and the Vancouver Canucks at Detroit Red Wings (Feb. 24).

Locking Out the Lockout

If all you wanted for Christmas was the NHL season than you’re in luck. After what seemed like an eternity to hockey fans, the league and the players finally came to an agreement that ended the 2012-13 lockout just in time to scrape together a matrix for a 48-game 2013 season. Almost identical to the results of the ’94-’95 lockout which proposed a similar 48-game matrix that left out the Winter Classic and the NHL All-Star game, the 2013 season will do the same.

Fans and players alike underwent an extreme case of deja-vu as we have gotten all too familiar with the NHL’s lockout habits. The 1992 strike kick-started this chain of labor actions in the NHL and though it was the least severe of the four recent lockouts it still managed to postpone 30 games in the 91-92 season. The 10-day strike led to season play ending in June for the first time in NHL history. The 75th NHL season wasn’t all bad though as it brought out the “Turn Back the Clock” uniform program and put the original six NHL teams in throwback uniforms… oh yeah, and we still got to watch our favorite teams play an entire 80-game season.

Two years later in the 94-95 lockout we got a glimpse of the future as the 3 month, and 10 day lockout cancelled a total of 468 games including the All-Star Game. The spark to this fire was the implementation of a salary cap favored by the owners but opposed by the players. Though the season was shortened to the 48-game matrix we have to settle for this year the NHLPA took it into their hands to produce some good out of the bad. Some of the Players left North America to play in various other leagues but the ones who remained took part in the “4-on-4 Challenge” organized by the NHLPA and raised more than half a million dollars in support of the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities of Canada and various hockey associations throughout North America.

After roughly ten years of lockout free hockey the most devastating labor dispute in all of sports in North America took place. The collective bargaining agreement that resolved the 94-95 lockout expired and a day later, without hesitation the 2004-2005 season was in jeopardy. The 10 month and 6 day dispute known as the 2004-05 NHL lockout would cancel what would have been the 88th season of play in the NHL and mark the first time in 86 years that the Stanley Cup would not be awarded. Not only did the lockout result in 1,230 un-played games but since there were no results to base the 2005 NHL Entry Draft on a lottery system was put in place for a draft that included one of the most highly regarded draft picks in hockey history, Sidney Crosby. If you are a Pittsburgh Penguins fan than you can pull some good out of the 04-05 lockout as the Penguins came out of the “Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes” with the player dubbed as “The Next One”. For all other hockey fans we were just happy to hear that the dispute was over in time for the 2005-06 season.

Almost another decade of lockout free hockey goes by and nearly a month before the 2012-13 season is to get underway another lockout hits the face of the NHL. Any guesses as to the topic of desire that sparked the most recent lockout? If you guessed CBA you’d be correct. It’s not all bad though because the fans will still get their hockey fix in 2013 which is expected to get underway on January 19 with opening day games rumored to be between the Penguins and Flyers, Kings and Blackhawks, Senators and Jets, Maple Leafs and Canadians, and Blues against the Red Wings.

Dust off those hockey jerseys and get ready for some 2013 NHL action because a glass half empty is always better than no glass at all right?

The Most Infamous Sports Superstitions

Today is a day where people dress like zombies, animals, princesses, or whatever the latest celebrity joke is. Some people decorate their house with spider webs, carve pumkins, and set out a bowl of candy. And some people believe in supersititions… like not walking in front of a black cat. In the sports world, athletes may not do something special, specifically for today, but they definitely have their own superstitions. Check out our list of sports superstitions – you just may be surprised.