NHL prices hit Canadians hardest

The MTS Centre crowd gets ready for the opening face off between the Jets and the Canadiens in...

The MTS Centre crowd gets ready for the opening face off between the Jets and the Canadiens in Winnpeg, Man., Oct. 9, 2011. (TODD KOROL/Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:06 PM ET

NHL ticket prices are up 4.8% on average this season and, as usual, Canadian fans pay the most.

It should come as no surprise that a Toronto Maple Leafs ticket is the costliest in the league -- an average non-premium seat is $123.77, according to a report from Team Marketing Report released Wednesday.

But the fledgling Winnipeg Jets are hot on the Leafs' heels, with the second-priciest average ticket in the NHL at $98.27. That's an increase of 125.4% over last season when the team played out of Atlanta.

The average non-premium ticket in the NHL is $57.10 for 2011-12, the report says, while the Fan Cost Index price -- four tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-sized hotdogs, parking, two programs and two adult-sized caps -- is up 5% to $326.45.

The survey doesn't include any premium tickets such as club seats.

The report notes that when Winnipeg previously had the Jets, in 1995-96, the team had the third-cheapest average ticket at $23.82, well under the league average then of $34.79.

This season, Canadian teams take the top six spots in average ticket prices, while the Ottawa Senators come in 15th. Overall, 19 teams increased their prices while three -- the New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders and Anaheim Ducks -- reduced them.

Among other ups and downs:

• The New York Rangers increased prices 13% for their first season at a refurbished Madison Square Garden;

• The Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins raised their tickets by 7.3% to an average of $58.94;

• The Dallas Stars have the cheapest average ticket at $29.95 and the cheapest FCI at $224.78. The Phoenix Coyotes are second-cheapest at $36.15 and $228.61;

• The Detroit Red Wings are the only Original Six team to be under the league average. The Wings' average ticket is up 3% to $53.28 and their FCI is up 2.1% to $306.12;

• Rounding out the top 10 are: The Philadelphia Flyers, $66.89; New York Rangers, $66.20; Pittsburgh Penguins, $63.06; and Minnesota Wild, $62.63.

Here is how the Canadian teams match up:

Rank, Team, Avg. Ticket, FCI

1. Toronto $123.77 $626.45

2. Winnipeg $98.27 $485.52

3. Montreal $88.67 $486.28

4. Edmonton $70.13 $369.48

5. Vancouver $68.38 $371.94

6. Calgary $68.18 $374.51

15. Ottawa $55.51 $314.06


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