Led by Hurricanes, ticket prices jump in NHL for 2006-07 season

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Led by the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, more than half the league's teams have raised ticket prices, including 10 of them by more than five per cent. The results were released Friday by Team Marketing Report, which also found that a family of four will pay an average of US$258 for a game this season.

Carolina tickets now average $38, an increase of 45 per cent over last season, the first since the NHL returned from a lockout that cost the league the 2004-05 season.

Still, that makes a Hurricanes ticket a good value. The average price around the NHL rose nearly four per cent to $43.

The Florida Panthers bumped up prices 29 per cent after they were only one of six teams to raise prices last season. Stanley Cup runner-up Edmonton, Calgary, Nashville, Boston, Dallas, Montreal, Philadelphia and Ottawa also raised their prices by more than five per cent.

The Phoenix Coyotes' average price of $25 is the league's lowest. Right behind them are the St. Louis Blues, who dropped prices by 29 per cent under new ownership.

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