Maple Leafs Rank #1 For Best Fans Second Year in a Row

When we released our study of the “Most Engaged” Fan Bases in the NHL post-lockout last season, the results definitely sparked some debate.  Everyone has an opinion about who are the best and worst fans in the league, and that’s why we’ve taken a data-driven approach to rank the team’s that do the best at engaging their fans both online and offline.  We look at things like game attendance, social media following and ticket demand to determine the final ranking.

Based on the study, we found the NHL has seen huge growth in their communities on social media post last season’s lockout.  In fact, the average growth rate in Twitter followers for the league was 56%, with some teams like the Maple Leafs and Blackhawks nearly doubling their follower base over the course of the season. The official Facebook communities for each franchise also experienced growth, although not as extreme (+22% increase in likes).

Who were the “winners”? Coming off a championship year, the Blackhawks made one of the most dramatic jumps in the league, climbing from #7 to #3 on the list.  The Bruins also increased their rank from #4 to #2, as a New England region that had been rocked by tragedies rallied around the Bruins during their Stanley Cup run.

And of course, there’s no ignoring the Leafs, who now hold the #1 spot for the second consecutive year. Despite a 46 year championship drought, the Maple Leafs hold the #1 or #2 spot in the league for the most Twitter followers, highest average attendance, and most expensive ticket on the secondary market (average ticket price is $191).

Check out the graphic below to find out where your team ranks, and let us know if the comments if you agree!

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Tuesday Trivia Winner June 18th

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

Tuesday Trivia: How many Stanley Cup championships have the Boston Bruins won?

Correct Answer: Six

The Stanley Cup Finals

The Stanley Cup Finals begin tonight when the Boston Bruins take the ice against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago. This will be the first time since 1979 that two teams representing the Original Six will meet.

shutterstock_56256406The Bruins are coming off an impressive sweep of cup favorite Pittsburgh in the third round of the playoffs. Sensational goaltending and a balanced scoring attack has been the Bruins trademark this postseason. Boston forward David Krejci leads all players in postseason points with 21. He has had plenty of support though, including Patrice Bergeron netting two overtime game winning goals. Boston is second in the NHL with 50 playoff goals.

The B’s may not need many goals if Tuukka Rask continues his phenomenal play in net. Rask shut down the high scoring Penguins and sports a 1.75 goals against average and a .943 save percentage in the playoffs. Rask has been saving his best hockey for the post season.

Chicago will not be a pushover. The Blackhawks finished the regular season with the NHL’s best record. This is a team that earned a point in a record 24 straight games to begin the season. They can score, led by the trio of Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane (each has 14 points). Look for the speed of the Chicago’s forwards to test Boston’s defense.

While Rask has been lights out for the Bruins, Corey Crawford has been a big reason for the Blackhawks advancing. Crawford has an impressive 1.74 goals against average to go with his .935 save percentage. It was his 33 save effort in Chicago’s double overtime win over Los Angeles that helped propel his team to the cup finals.

This matchup of well-coached teams promises to provide an entertaining series. With Lord Stanley’s cup on the line it will be a test of who can play their game and who will capitalize on the other teams’ mistakes. Boston is chasing its third cup in the last four years while Chicago hopes to hoist hockey’s biggest prize for the third time in five years. Ticketcity can help you experience every bone-crushing hit and lamp-lighting shot in what should be an exciting series.

Who do you think will win the Stanley Cup?

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?