NHL Hockey News
It’s hard for an NHL team to attract fans to games when it’s about 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, but the Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning don’t seem to have any problem doing it. However, it’s a totally different story for the Florida Panthers, who play in the community of Sunrise, which is close to Fort Lauderdale. The Panthers have been struggling for a few seasons now, both in the team’s performance on the ice and by putting fans in the seats.
Things reached an all-time low for the club on Monday, October 13 though when just 7,311 fans showed up for their 1-0 loss to the Ottawa senators. Television reporters who were at the contest remarked that there were perhaps between just 3,000 and 4,000 people at the BT&T Center. It’s not too surprising that the club doesn’t get larger attendances since they’ve finished in 29th place in the 30-team league for the past two seasons and have made the postseason just one time since 2000.
For the second time in the last three years ESPN has named the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League as the worst sports franchise in all of North America. ESPN ranked 122 professional franchises across the continent and once again, to nobody’s surprise, the Leafs once again came in dead last in 2014, the same position they finished in 2012. The club finished as high as 119 last year as they reached the playoffs for the first time in nine years.
ESPN’s Ultimate Standings publication ranked all of the clubs in various categories such as ‘bang for the buck’, fan relations, ownership, coaching, players, affordability, stadium experience, and the number of wins per fan dollars spent. The Maple Leafs came in last in several of the categories and close to last in the rest of them. With the team making the playoffs just once on the last 10 years and charging the highest ticket prices in the NHL it’s easy to see why the franchise ranked so poorly. The average ticket price for a Leafs home game is $122.20, which is 34 per cent higher than any other NHL club.
Poor Jerry Seinfeld was duped into wearing the ‘Puffy Shirt’ by Kramer’s low-talker girlfriend, but a professional ice hockey team out in California is going to wear the shirts voluntarily. While Seinfeld said he didn’t want to be a pirate, the East Coast Hockey League’s (ECHL) Bakersfield Condors don’t have a problem with it. The club, which is based out in California, is an affiliate of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Edmonton Oilers.
The Condors plan on wearing a version of the Puffy Shirt when they play at home on November 16 as their unique way to honour and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut of the Seinfeld show. Most readers may know all about the Puffy Shirt, but for those who have never seen the episode, Jerry inadvertently agrees to wear a shirt designed by Kramer’s girlfriend since he couldn’t hear a word she was saying.
After a long six-month wait Swedish center Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals has finally been awarded with a silver medal from last winter’s Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Backstrom didn’t actually play in the gold-medal contest as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended him for one game for failing a drug test. It was revealed that Backstrom’s level of pseudoephedrine was elevated when he took the test. According to the player, he had been taking an allergy medication daily for the past seven years.
Sweden was beaten 3-0 by Canada in the Final and the IOC refused to give Backstrom a medal due to the doping investigation. A few weeks after the Games, the IOC said it handed Backstrom just a one-game suspension because it felt he didn’t take the medicine to gain a competitive advantage and they’d give him a silver medal after all.
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- October 21st, 2014
NHL’s Florida Panthers reach franchise’s all-time record low attendance
- September 23rd, 2014
Toronto Maple Leafs named worst sports franchise in North America
- September 8th, 2014
Pro hockey teams agrees to wear the ‘Puffy Shirt’ to honour Seinfeld
- September 2nd, 2014
Swedish NHL player finally awarded Olympic medal after six-month wait
- August 26th, 2014
ESPN host sues arena after slicing her arm open
- June 23rd, 2014
New York Rangers buy out Brad Richards
- June 14th, 2014
Los Angeles Kings win Stanley Cup in dramatic and thrilling fashion
- June 4th, 2014
Top NHL Prospect can’t manage one pull-up during physical testing
- June 3rd, 2014
It’s cheaper for Rangers fans to fly to Los Angeles to watch their team play
- May 27th, 2014
Edmonton Oil Kings capture Memorial Cup