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08-10-2010, 11:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Alan Jackson View Post
Interesting data. Note all 6 of the Canadian teams are in the top 10 in regional networks. Also, the three teams between the Canadian teams have all won Stanley Cups recently. The other "top 10" team is the NY Rangers.

Rank Club Regional rights holder Average audience
Per game broadcast

1* Montreal Canadiens RDS* 688,000*
2 Toronto Maple Leafs Rogers Sportsnet Ontario 656,400
3 Vancouver Canucks Rogers Sportsnet Pacific 398,500
4 Calgary Flames Rogers Sportsnet West 221,300
5 Pittsburgh Penguins FSN Pittsburgh 214,100
6 Chicago Blackhawks Comcast Sportsnet / WGN-TV 9 196,800
7 Detroit Red Wings FSN Detroit 186,600
8 Edmonton Oilers Rogers Sportsnet West 181,400
9 Ottawa Senators Rogers Sportsnet Ontario 153,400
10 New York Rangers MSG Network 152,200
The data doesn't include national broadcasts either, where 1 to 2 million are not unusual on HNIC.

The data on gate receipts for recent years is similar and suggests additional teams in Canadian markets are more than viable. See here:

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