Professional Iice Hockey Team Toronto Maple Leafs
Be a team member of National Hockey League, Toronto Maple Leafs is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and loved by many Canadians. They are one of the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). At the same time, they are one team of the "Original Six" members of the NHL, is public known as the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club and in charge of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, (MLSE). They change dwelling place to Air Canada Centre (ACC) since 1999, left the first place Maple Leaf Gardens in which they had played for 68 years.
The leafs battle against Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators is so fierce that great amount like the game. They gain the second most championships of 13(the Canadiens gained 24). What frustrate the team is to win Stanley Cup because the last cup they won is in 1967. This is also the most longest-active Cup drought in the NHL. But the Leafs still be the most valuable team in the NHL in 2010, at $505 million.
Maple Leafs fans are known as the nickname of "Leafs Nation". The nickname is frequently used in the fans website. To obtain one home game ticket at any time in Canada is a hard thing for fans. In 2008, more than 2500 people waited for season tickets. Each game tickets was sold out in advance from 1946 to 1999, and still so many people asking for tickets. They also sold out all tickets from October 2002 after moving to ACC. The average total ticket fare each game arrives US$1.9 million. They got the most top average ticket revenue each game in 2007-2008 season, made more than $1.5 million profit every game.
Inconceivable, they Leafs is an equally passionate dislike of the team by other NHL teams fans. They was named as the "Most Hated Team in Hockey" by Sports Illustrated hockey writer Michael Farber in November 2002. This team fans was know to all for their loyal despite poor treatment. They treat the fans so bad that be the second last of all Big Four Leagues ,NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL.
Beside civil fans, the team is also populated by Americans. Because many Snowbirds moved to Atlanta Phoenix, Tampa Bay, and Miami during the winter, these places is in the Sun Belt and more comfortable. This cause boost need of tickets when these franchises play the Maple Leafs.