After two months and 89 playoff games, the National Hockey League has finally crowned its 2011 Stanley Cup champion as the Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals last night.
It was definitely not an easy road for the Bruins this postseason, having to win three Game 7's in four rounds, but it made the win that much sweeter for their fans (as evidenced by the video below). The championship is the first for Boston in nearly 40 years, and it solidified Boston as the city of champions in the last decade, with all four pro teams winning at least one title.B's goalie Tim Thomas stopped a NHL playoff record 798 shots over the course of the postseason and won the Conn Smythe Award as the playoffs’ most valuable player. The Stanley Cup will make its way through the streets of Boston as the Bruins celebrate with fans during the team's victory parade this Saturday.
In Vancouver, the Stanley Cup Finals did not end as fans had hoped and, well, they acted a little crazy. Scratch that, A LOT crazy. Downtown Vancouver was filled with angry fans flooding the streets, flipping cars, starting fires and harassing the local police. The city at least is living up to its reputation; they did the same thing in 1994 after they lost in the Stanley Cup Finals to the New York Rangers.
Stanley Cup Ticket Sales
With the Stanley Cup Finals featuring two cities that are hotbeds for hockey, ticket sales were expected to do well, but few expected the demand to be as high as it turned out to be. Over the seven games during the series, customers paid an average of $825 per ticket. The high average is partly due to the overwhelming response from the fans in Vancouver, who paid an average of $1,071.74, which is nearly $400 more than the $695.30 average paid for the games in Boston.
As would be expected, Game 7 proved to have the highest average selling price, with fans paying an average of $2,306.61 per ticket. The next highest average was $977.27 for Game 2 in Vancouver, a 136% difference.
While many would expect the recently concluded NBA Finals to be more popular among ticket buyers than Stanley Cup Finals, that most certainly was not the case. The NBA Finals had an average selling price of $453.34, barely half of what its NHL counterpart sold for. As the chart below demonstrates, not a single game of the Stanley Cup Finals had a lower selling average than any game of the NBA Finals.
NOTE: NBA Finals were completed in six games.