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March 01, 2010 06:02 ET

NHL Ticket Demand on the Rise Following Thrilling USA - Canada Olympic Gold Medal Game

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) - FanSnap®, the largest live event ticket search engine for fans, today announced that demand is surging for NHL tickets as hockey's elite players return from Vancouver to resume the NHL season.

Following the most highly anticipated matchup of the Winter Games, and perhaps in the history of Canadian sports, NHL tickets are heating up in the U.S and Canada. The hottest teams saw average ticket prices for remaining home games increase by between eight and 10 percent during the Olympic Games.

Biggest Movers: The hottest NHL tickets since the Olympics began:

1. Nashville Predators (tickets) are up 10.57%

2. Detroit Red Wings (tickets) are up 10.15%

3. San Jose Sharks (tickets) are up 9.56%

4. Pittsburgh Penguins (tickets) are up 9.14%

5. St Louis Blues (tickets) are up 8.00%

These teams sent a huge number of stars to play for Team Canada and Team USA during the games, including: Shea Weber, Sidney Crosby, Marc-André Fleury, Dan Boyle, Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau, and Joe Thornton, Ryan Suter, Brian Rafalski, David Backes, D Erik Johnson, Brooks Orpik, and Joe Pavelski. Seeing those players so successful on the world stage has certainly added to fan interest in their NHL teams.

The NHL Teams with the hottest tickets

1. Montreal Canadiens tickets start at roughly $70 and average $246

2. Pittsburgh Penguins tickets start at roughly $95 and average $228

3. Toronto Maple Leafs tickets start at roughly $55 and average $223

4. Vancouver Canucks tickets start at roughly $65 and average $208

5. Chicago Blackhawks tickets start at roughly $20 and average $208

6. Washington Capitals tickets start at roughly $40 and average $155

7. New York Rangers tickets start at roughly $50 and average $154

8. Calgary Flames tickets start at roughly $33 and average $151

9. Ottawa Senators tickets start at roughly $35 and average $138

10. Buffalo Sabres tickets start at roughly $50 and average $106

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