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Report: Leafs command highest ticket prices in NHL on secondary agencies

You’re never going to believe this, but a recent report suggests tickets for Toronto Maple Leafs games are the most expensive out of any team in the NHL. Please hold on to a nearby armrest or railing for support if you suddenly feel lightheaded.

Obviously those last two sentences are dripping with sarcasm, but it may surprise you to learn just how large of a gap it is between the Leafs and the team with the second-highest median ticket price, the Winnipeg Jets. The report from VividSeats.com came out a few days ago and the numbers are compiled from secondary ticket agencies such as Vivid Seats and StubHub. They are not taken from each team’s box office. Here’s how each team stacks up:

The median price for Leafs tickets is $90 more than that of the Jets, and the average price is $52 more than that of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Leafs’ median is also $271 more than that of the last-ranked Phoenix (Arizona?) Coyotes. A median Coyotes ticket costs about 15 per cent of what a median Leafs ticket will cost you.

Here’s a list of the 30 most expensive games for the upcoming season by median ticket price:

As you can see, the 13 most expensive games will all take place at the Air Canada Centre. The 14th and 16th most expensive games are both part of the NHL Stadium Series and involve the New York Rangers, but the rest of the top 27 are all games at the ACC. The most expensive non-Leaf and non-Stadium Series game is a January 7 matchup between the Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins in Vancouver.

The Leafs are coming off their first playoff appearance in nine seasons and had an eventful offseason that has many fans excited to see how the team does. The Leafs introduced a tiered pricing system this summer, so certain “premium” games on the schedule became more expensive, while tickets for lower-tier games actually became cheaper. The median price may have been slightly bumped with the implementation of the tiered system, but there’s no doubt that the demand for Leafs tickets on the resale market remains as high as ever. Let’s hope some of that investment comes back to Leafs fans in the form of a second consecutive playoff appearance.

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