The Toronto Maple Leafs finished third in the NHL’s Atlantic Division, but that’s not stopping fans from backing their team. Despite finishing five games behind the division-champion Tampa Bay Lightning, tickets to the Leafs’ first game of the playoffs are the highest in a decade.
According the data from TicketIQ.com, the current average asking price on the secondary market for a Maple Leafs playoff ticket is $652, the highest across the NHL and since the company began tracking data in 2011. Of course, Leafs tickets are always an expensive buy – tickets for Toronto’s post-season openers in both 2016 and 2017 were more than $550. In 2016, ticket prices settled at $628 and in 2017, at $573. What may be even more stunning is this – the get-in price for the Maple Leafs opener against the Boston Bruins on Thursday is more expensive than the current average asking price for tickets to six other home openers. The get-in price is $300.
For comparison’s sake, the next most expensive first-round opener is $489 when the Winnipeg Jets host the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.
Of course, in hockey-crazy Canada, the stunning prices make sense. Toronto, which has won 13 Stanley Cup Finals, is in the playoffs for only the third time in 13 years. The Maple Leafs lost in the first round to the Washington Capitals last season, and last won a Stanley Cup in 1966-67.
Besides the desperate desire that Leafs fans have for another Stanley Cup, limited supply is keeping prices high. On the other end of the spectrum, there are plenty of tickets still available for the San Jose Sharks home post-season opener against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, and those tickets, at $161, are the cheapest in the NHL.