The Stanley Cup Finals are the pinnacle on the season for the National Hockey League, where the two best teams from the Eastern and Western Conference battle it out to have their names etched on Lord Stanley’s Cup. Die-hard fans of the NHL generally follow their teams all season long, but for the casual hockey fans the Stanley Cup Finals are the time they tune in and buy tickets.

The commercial success of the Stanley Cup Finals often hinge on which two teams qualify for the championship series. While regionally, the games will be successful, major markets like Detroit, New York, Boston or any of the Canadian cities will translate better to the national audience. The secondary ticket market would also benefit from the bigger markets being matched up in the series.

An NBA Finals matchup between one market known for sizzle, stars and bandwagon jumpers and another famous for being awash in oil money is good news for ticket brokers. But a bicoastal, international NHL Stanley Cup battle between similarly championship-starved cities has been even better for business. According to... Read more
As Boston Bruins’ fans celebrate the first appearance of their team in the Stanley Cup Finals in 21 years, the TD Garden in Boston, MA, took over the top spot in TicketNews’ exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, June 5. Up two this week, the Garden hosted... Read more
Game Sevens don’t lack for anticipation. But the decisive NHL Eastern Conference tilt tonight, Friday, May 27, between the host Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden is generating a positively Pavlovian response in Beantown. The battle between the Bruins and Lightning — who are fighting... Read more
For the 31st straight season, the dream Stanley Cup Finals matchup between two “Original Six” teams will elude the National Hockey League. But the second-best scenario for the NHL — as well as ticket brokers — might continue to unfold this weekend in the conference finals. The Boston Bruins,... Read more
The top selling event for the week ending May 30 is the Chicago Blackhawks home games during the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. The event has a 6.77 power score, which puts it ahead of Wicked (6.05) and Paul McCartney (2.73). Home games for the Philadelphia Flyers, the Blackhawks opponent... Read more
Several Pittsburgh Penguin hockey fans eager to watch Game Four of the Stanley Cup finals on May 31 were disappointed after the tickets they bought from scalpers turned out to be counterfeit. However, police were able to arrest the culprits. The tickets were purchased outside of the Mellon Arena... Read more
By Stacey Willets TicketNews announces its exclusive weekly Top 10s and analysis for the week of 5/21/07 – 5/27/07. OVERALL TOP 10 EVENTS Event This Week Last Week Wicked 1 1 American Idols Live! 2 2 Boston Red Sox 3 3 NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Ottawa Senators 4 n/a... Read more
By Stacey Willets releases its exclusive weekly Top Tens today. Read on for a sneak peek of this week’s hot events. Yesterday marked the unofficial start of summer. Folks are digging their shorts out of storage, purchasing new swimsuits, packing their beach bags, and, strangely enough, buying hockey... Read more