The National Hockey League is in the midst of its third lockout in league history—all which have been under the watch of Commissioner Gary Bettman. The league has cancelled 625 regular season games or 50.8 percent of the season and many fans have vowed to cancel their season tickets as a way to voice their displeasure.
How many fans have actually cancelled their season tickets? Not many. The Globe and Mail estimates that among the Canadian teams, less than 200 season tickets have been cancelled.
The Winnipeg Jets have had zero cancellations, the Toronto Maple Leafs had one, and the Montreal Canadiens had eight. The Ottawa Senators said they lost less than one-percent of their 11,300 season ticket holders. The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames both declined the comment.
The Vancouver Canucks said they have “averaged a couple of cancellations per week” during the lockout.
The lockout is in its 15th week and for estimation purposes, we will say three season tickets were cancelled each week, that would represent a measly 45 cancellations for the Canucks. The team has capped the number of season tickets available to 17,000 and there are 7000 fans on the team’s Blue Line Season Ticket Waiting List.
1. That, as we said at the top, fans believe nothing they do will amount to a hill of beans, ever if this is our hill and these are our beans. So while some fans might feel better about having made a statement, others feel their cancellation would fall on deaf ears unless there are a few thousand other like-minded fans also taking a stand.
2. That, as we said at the top, the fans will always come back. So on top of the fans that refuse to cancel because they love their team and love the game and are counting the days until the end of the lockout, you have a [expletive] load of ticket-starved fans on waiting lists ready to pounce if any open up.