Here is your list by capacity attendance and if the team made the playoffs (some numbers are adjusted from my last attendance post as ESPN has gathered more accurate information):
1. (yes) Chicago Blackhawks 110.4% (21,775)
2. (yes) Minnesota Wild 104.7% (18,794)
3. (yes) Toronto Maple Leafs 103.2% (19,426)
4. (yes) Pittsburgh Penguins 101.4% (18,648)
5. (no) Philadelphia Flyers 101.3% (19,786)
(yes) Ottawa Senators 101.3% (19,408)
7. (yes) Los Angeles Kings 100.3% (18,178)
8. (yes) Vancouver Canucks 100.2% (18,947)
9. (yes) Montreal Canadiens 100% (21,273)
(yes) Detroit Red Wings (20,066)
(no) Calgary Flames (19,289)
(yes) Boston Bruins (17,565)
(yes) San Jose Sharks (17,561)
(yes) New York Rangers (17,200)
(no) Edmonton Oilers (16,839)
(no) Winnipeg Jets (15,004)
17. (no) Florida Panthers 99.7% (16,991)
18. (no) Buffalo Sabres 99.5% (18,970)
19. (no) Tampa Bay Lightning 99.2% (19,055)
(no) Nashville Predators 99.2% (16,974)
21. (no) New Jersey Devils 97.1% (17,114)
22. (yes) Washington Capitals 95.8% (17,734)
23. (no) Carolina Hurricanes 94% (17,558)
24. (yes) Anaheim Ducks 92.5% (15,887)
25. (no) Dallas Stars 92.1% (17,063)
26. (yes) St. Louis Blues 90.1% (17,263)
27. (no) Colorado Avalanche 85.8% (15,444)
28. (yes) New York Islanders 82.3% (13,306)
29. (no) Phoenix Coyotes 81.3% (13,923)
30. (no) Columbus Blue Jackets 80.3% (14,564)
All data via ESPN and NHL.com
And don’t forget to check out last week’s business news & headlines from around the hockey world: here.
Your Top 20:
1. Jonathan Toews
2. Pavel Datsyuk
3. Sidney Crosby
4. Rick Nash
5. Patrick Kane
6. Marian Hossa
7. Claude Giroux
8. Ryan Callahan
9. James Neal
10. Zach Parise
11. Henrik Zetterberg
12. Joffrey Lupul
13. Ilya Kovalchuk
14. Brad Marchand
15. Tyler Seguin
16. Patrick Sharp
17. John Tavares
18. Patrice Bergeron
19. Alex Ovechkin
20. Zdeno Chara
*List is based off of this tweet.
And don’t forget to check out last week’s business news & headlines from around the hockey world: here.
Lots to talk about this week including the Toronto Maple Leafs in the playoffs, news around some franchises, a little attendance numbers, a bit of movies, some this and some that.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have made the playoffs…
That still feels weird saying even a week later because they’ve actually done it for the first time since 2004. So that sound you might have heard when it was made official they were in the post-season was a collective “Woohoo!!!!” from Canadian networks CBC, TSN, and RDS because this is the first time in a decade huge Canadian markets (Toronto, Montreal, & Vancouver) have been in the playoffs together.
Ratings will be huge for the Leafs, for Canadian teams and for the playoffs in general this year.
People complaining Leafs tickets are too expensive, get over it. They’re a business; if the market is such that tickets priced like this will be bought then why wouldn’t they do that? Some say they owe fans after the lockout. Well as we all saw, Bettman and the owners knew fans would come back, and they did…in droves. Some also say the Leafs owe their fans after failing to make the post-season every year since 2004. Well, couldn’t the Leafs be grabbing as much cash as possible to make up for that? People will still buy these tickets, regardless; of course they’ll sell out.
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment have hired Tim Leiweke (formerly of Anschutz Entertainment Group as their CEO/President).
Leiweke was apparently a “hands-on” executive who was credited with his involvement in AEG’s Stanley Cup Los Angeles Kings Championship and the MLS’s two-time champs the LA Galaxy. Will be interesting to see where he takes the teams of Toronto. Look at his resume and there’s recent trophies; I’ve read that he took an active role in the Kings last year by blocking a Dustin Brown trade and was behind the Jeff Carter move, not to mention getting David Beckham in to the Galaxy’s organization. This guy sounds legit, but didn’t Brian Burke and Mr. Colangelo?
Brian Burke is suing Internet trolls
Title says it all.
In franchise news…
Criticized for lack of creativity with this one because they haven’t differed from the logo used by their parent club’s third jersey. My take? It’s cool when teams have a theme to connect with their NHL team like the Calgary Flames and Abbotsford Heat do or the Los Angeles Kings and the Manchester Monarchs, but at the same time creating their own separate identities. The Iowa Wild have just mirrored their parent franchise and although it’s a nice logo/jersey, actually, I love them, what exactly is “Wild” about Iowa?
With the Vancouver Canucks purchasing the Peoria Rivermen (former Blues AHL affiliate) all seemed to be in motion for the AHL carousel to begin between the teams. However, news came an agreement could not be reached and the Heat will remain in the city of Abbotsford as the Flames farm team. Then, the Blues announced there were taking up shop with Vancouver’s old affiliate (basically they just switched) and two thirds of the switcheroo were done. We will have to wait at least another season to see how the last third will play out.
The Calgary Flames and Sportsnet Fan 960 re-up for seven years for the broadcasting rights to their games
Sportsnet continuing its domination over TSN in terms of broadcasting rights to the Canadian NHL teams after extending their agreement to broadcast Canucks games for 10 more years on Sportsnet Pacific a little while back.
The New York Islanders are (officially) moving to Brooklyn for the 2015-16 season and could undergo a rebrand to match the new black and white “colors” of Brooklyn
We saw this with the arrival of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets into the Barclays Center. For those who haven’t seen this arena, check it out here. By the way, it’s sick. And now it’s their culture, black and white.
After speculation the team would be leaving Prince Edward Island, the PEI Rockets/Islanders have now been bought and will remain where they are
Fantastic news for the folks of the wee isle.
Flyers ECHL affiliate Trenton Titans are no more next season
Rangers AHL farm team Connecticut Whale returning to Hartford Wolf Pack
In other hockey news…
Jay-Z looking to manage potential 1st overall NHL draft pick Seth Jones’ marketing and branding
Jay-Z has already the likes of MLB star Robinson Cano and NFL receiver Victor Cruz involved with him and I think this will be a good move for the young prospect. The hip-hop artist played a huge part in the Brooklyn Nets NBA team, as he owns a fraction of them, but his role was much more than just a fraction. Just read this profile on him (there was way too much to quote into here).
A good read on Blackhawks apparel sales
Lots of interesting tidbits in there. What a year for the team winning the Presidents’ Trophy and heading on that 24-game point streak to start the season. The Hawks have probably given away the most free stuff out of NHL teams this year.
Minor pro team staff vowed to remain perched on a scissor lift till the team sold 300 season tickets. It took nearly a week, but they got it done
Reality is minor pro teams have to make headlines to help them stay alive; they have to get creative. Since entering this side of hockey, they’ve provide some great material with what they come up with. Arizona Sundogs (team in the link) merchandise operations manager Satish Athelli: “I know some made a mockery and some were inspired. Some rolled their eyes and some gasped with awe. Thx for sharing our story nonetheless.”
New York City mayor Bloomberg announced plans for transforming the Bronx’s Kingsbridge Armory into the Kingsbridge National Ice Center. Would house 9 rinks, including 5,000 seat arena and looks to be a $275 million project
NHL visiting teams also rumored to use this as a practice facility.
Easton was named the official equipment supplier of the North American Hockey League
The AHL’s PR department tweeted this season’s league attendance of 6,510,095 is second only to the 2004-05 NHL lockout year and their 5,710 /game average is 3rd to that same year as well as the 2001-02 season
Lockout year. ‘Nough said.
Carolina Hurricanes’ PR guy Mike Sundheim said the team set a franchise attendance record this year averaging 17,577 fans per game
Although this NHL season saw a lot of this record breaking of attendance and ratings, the Canes were a little surprising to me after their fall (or as one of my followers called it “The Slide”) from the division lead to non-playoff contention when their key players started going down with injuries.
From The Hockey News’ Draft Preview: “The team [Halifax Mooseheads] set a a new attendance record this year of 8,686 spectators per game, eclipsing the old mark of 8,453 from 1999-2000 when the team hosted the Memorial Cup”
They’re a deep team anchored by prospects Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin.
At the movies…
Just a reminder the Gordie Howe movie will be airing this Sunday on CBC
A Derek Boogaard film is in the works
‘Goon’ shed a little into the subject and as the battle on banning fighting rages on, more movies should come out about the price fighters pay to be on an NHL roster and with the suicides of Boogaard; Rick Rypien; and Wade Belak, it’s important to talk about this.
- The Rochester Americans will play in this year’s Spengler Cup. They also competed in 1996 and remain the only North American team to do so [amerks.com]
- St. Cloud State hockey arena will be renamed after Herb Brooks. He helped make school into NCAA Division 1 form as well as coaching the 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ [nytimes.com]
- ASUS has partnered with the Leafs to become the team’s exclusive computer, notebook, and tablet provider [isportconnect]
- Actavis signed on as a second tier official sponsor of the IIHF World Championship [isportconnect]
And Florida fans…
- Boston Strong downloads here: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=88532
Some headlines and reads…
- Islanders owner Charles Wang on the team changing jerseys/logo/color scheme with move to Brooklyn (scroll down a bit) [Sports Business Daily]
- Bruins-Sabres game the 4th most watched regular season game ever on NBCSN, plus a little update on NBC Sports’ “Wednesday Night Rivalry” [SB Nation]
- Houston Aeros are now the Iowa Wild [Twin Cities]
- Kings donate $10K to One Fund Boston [kings.nhl.com]
- Kings introduce in-game ticket upgrading system [kings.nhl.com]
And finally, some self-promotion…
- My take on the NHL hosting multiple outdoor games [Bizhockey]
Bruins wore those decals Wednesday night
NHL stick popularity chart from Reebok/CCM
Some news and reads…
- Bruins’ plans to help Boston heal [CSNNE]
- PEI Rocket/Islanders for sale [The Guardian]
- Outdoor game reads. It’s mystery! Pick! #1 / #2 / #3
- Thursday is LA Kings Dodgers Night [kings.nhl.com]
- They also have a blackout night that same game apparently [kings.nhl.com]
- Details on the NHL’s outdor games can be found here: http://t.co/jYhlNlNsIM