Led by Hurricanes, ticket prices jump in NHL; Montreal most expensive ticket

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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.

According to the report, Montreal is the most expensive place for a family to attend a game. A family of four would pay an average of $332.27 to attend a game at Bell Centre. That figure includes the cost of four average tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two adult-sized adjustable caps.

The Canadiens' average ticket price ranks second-highest in the league at $56.82.

Vancouver was fourth - costing a family of four $325 - but had the highest average ticket price in the league at $58.96, while Edmonton and Calgary placed eighth and ninth, respectively, at $283.65 and $282.60. The Oilers had a mean ticket price of $51.76, good for sixth overall, with the Flames coming in ninth place with an average ducat price of $47.35.

A Toronto Maple Leafs game is the 12th most expensive, costing a family of four $271.07, paying the eighth-highest average price of $49.52.

Ottawa rounded out the Canadian clubs and came in just behind Toronto in 13th spot at $266.93. The Senators' $45.95 average ticket price ranks 11th.

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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