NHL Playoff Pressure – Not Just For The Players

The following is a post written by Dr. David Greenberg of St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto. Dr. Greenberg is providing tips for fans on how to deal with stress while watching their team during the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs as part of StubHub’s #FansWithHeart campaign. You can follow @StubHubCA on twitter for a chance to win a StubHub branded heart rate monitor. 

This year’s NHL playoffs have been a little out of the ordinary for Canadian hockey fans. After 2016, when no Canadian teams managed to qualify for the post-season, this is the first year since 2004 when as many as five Canadian teams made the playoffs. However, while this could (and should) be seen as a source of celebration for the hometown fans, it also provides for a great deal of stress while watching the games, and ultimately disappointment for the fans of all but the one team that takes home Lord Stanley’s Cup.

As we move through the second round, three Canadian teams have already been eliminated, and research commissioned by StubHub confirms that the effects on Canadian hockey fans may have been greater than one might imagine. Thirty-three per cent of Canadians surveyed said that they found just watching the Playoffs stressful, almost as stressful as paying their mortgage for teams in a game seven, and 25% suffered from “Post Elimination Blues”. So, since you’re not going to want to miss a minute of playoff action, how can you help to manage the stress associated with watching and/or deal with the premature end of your team’s season?

Here are a few tips that will keep you healthy and help you to cope:

Exercise is Key

It’s a fact that exercise, in addition to all the other benefits it confers (i.e. burning off the wings and beer), is among the best strategies for managing stress. If you’ve already got a well-established routine try your best to stick with it. If you’ve been thinking about starting, now’s a perfect time. Current recommendations are 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, that would be walking at a pace that would be as if you were trying to catch a bus.  Go for a walk in-between periods or before/after the game with a fellow fan and you can vent and get your fitness in at the same time. 

Sleep is Important

It’s not a huge problem in the first couple of rounds for fans of local teams, and even overtime games that start at 7pm end at a reasonable hour. However, what if you are an Oilers fan who lives in Toronto? Games that don’t even start until after 10pm local time can really take their toll. The problem for most people is that they have a “Hard Start” to their day, that is a time they have to get up to go to work, regardless of what time they get to sleep. Be aware of it when planning the day after a game, and perhaps try to catch up on some sleep on the off nights.

Watch Your Alcohol Intake

I’d be more than happy to have a beer with you watching a game so this isn’t about me being an anchor. However, between 15-20% of the people surveyed said they drink more during the playoffs. Remember that Canadian Safe Drinking Guidelines recommend no more than three drinks for men or two drinks for women in any one sitting. It will also impact your sleep, not to mention the next morning, and for those of you that worry about this, it’s a lot of calories when you can’t burn them off. A good strategy to pace yourself and prevent feeling lousy in the morning is to drink a pint glass of ice water between drinks. It will fill you up, and keep you well hydrated.

I recognize how hard some of these things are to do, and I’m not naïve enough to think that thousands of Canadian hockey fans are going to start adopting a healthier lifestyle in the middle of the playoffs. But please give it some thought, and, anything you can do to adopt any parts of these changes will help. In the meantime, be thankful for the opportunity to watch your team and, win or lose, enjoy every minute of the best hockey of the year.

Yours in Good Health,

Dr. Dave

About Dr. David Greenberg:

Dr. David Greenberg recently became the Medical Spokesperson for thebutterflycares.org an international organization which raises funds and awareness for brain injuries both physical (Concussion) and non-physical (PTSD) He is also the Chairman of the Board for the Dr. David Greenberg Hive Charitable Foundation. The Foundation distributes needed funds and works with other like-minded charities helping those affected by Brain Trauma.

Want to track your stress during the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Follow @StubHubCA on Twitter for a chance to receive a StubHub-branded heart rate monitor.  

Not for the Faint of Heart: Stanley Cup Playoffs Take a Toll on the Health of Canadians, StubHub Poll Finds

StubHub provides heart rate monitors to fans during round two of Stanley Cup Playoffs

Toronto, ON; April 28, 2017 – It’s not easy being a hockey fan during the playoffs. A recent MARU/Matchbox survey completed by StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, revealed that 33 per cent of Canadians find watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs stressful. However, the potential impact to fans health doesn’t end with the final goal, as one in four Canadians revealed they feel depressed when their team is eliminated from the postseason. In Toronto, the number of fans experiencing the post-elimination blues registered at 31 per cent.

To help keep postseason stress in check, StubHub is giving away a limited number of heart rate monitors via social media to StubHub users in Ottawa and Edmonton as part of its #FansWithHeart campaign so they can keep their health in check as their hometown teams compete for playoff glory.

Other highlights from the survey include:

Just one more drink, please. 1 in 5 Ottawa residents (21%) consume more alcohol than normal as their team competes in the playoffs. 1 in 7 Edmonton residents do the same. 1 in 8 Canadians (12%) lose sleep during the playoffs, especially those living in Toronto (19%).

When hockey feels like making a mortgage payment. Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals is nearly as stressful for Canadians as paying their mortgage. 1 in 2 Canadians (50%) indicate they would feel stressed with their team competing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. 56% of Canadians feel stressed paying their mortgage.

Hold that thought, I need to check the score. 3 in 10 Canadians (31%) check score updates regularly during work or school hours, when their team is playing. 1 in 5 (21%) Ottawa residents have cancelled plans with family/friends to watch their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“The survey reminds us just how much Canadians love hockey and live experiences,” says Cameron Papp, Communications Manager for StubHub Canada. “The impact of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Canadians’ health is real, and we want to ensure fans are equipped to deal with the potential stress the playoffs bring.”

StubHub has teamed up with a number of Canadian doctors, including Dr. David Greenberg in Toronto, to provide fans with tips to relieve playoff induced stress.

“First and foremost, hockey fans need to try to accept that there are events you can’t control,” said Dr. David Greenberg, St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto. “However, stress can be managed by eating well, getting enough sleep, and engaging in regular exercise.”

Other tips include:

  • If you feel overwhelmed, take a break from the game and go for a walk to cool down.
  • Try to maintain a positive attitude, no matter what the score of the game is.
  • Take deep breaths and visualize your team scoring the winning goal.

 

 

A DEEPER DIVE

METHODOLOGY

An online omnibus survey was conducted between April 19th and April 21st, 2017. StubHub commissioned a survey through MARU/Matchbox among 3,021 Canadians aged 18+. Results were broken out by region, gender, age, income, and education in order to make demographic comparisons. The estimated margin of error for the total sample is +/- 1.8%. The estimated margin of error for the sample in each of the cities with teams competing in the playoffs are as follows: Montreal (+/- 4.7%), Toronto (+/- 4.8%), Edmonton (+/- 9.0%), Calgary (+/- 9.7%), and Ottawa (+/- 9.7%).

MORE FINDINGS

 

  • 1 in 7 Canadians (14%) have cancelled plans with family/friends to watch their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 21% of Ottawa residents have cancelled plans with family/friends to watch their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 17% of Toronto residents have cancelled plans with family/friends to watch their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 15% of Edmonton residents have cancelled plans with family/friends to watch their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 15% of Calgary residents have cancelled plans with family/friends to watch their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 14% of Montreal residents have cancelled plans with family/friends to watch their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

  • 1 in 7 Canadians (14%) drink alcohol more often than normal when their team is in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 21% of Ottawa residents drink alcohol more often than normal when their team is in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 16% of Montreal residents drink alcohol more often than normal when their team is in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 16% of Toronto residents drink alcohol more often than normal when their team is in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 14% of Edmonton residents drink alcohol more often than normal when their team is in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 12% of Calgary residents drink alcohol more often than normal when their team is in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

  • 1 in 2 Canadians (50%) say their team competing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals would be stressful
    • More Toronto residents would feel stressed with their team competing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals (59%), than Montreal residents (50%).
    • 54% of Ottawa residents would feel stressed with their team competing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
    • 53% of Calgary residents would feel stressed with their team competing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
    • 52% of Edmonton residents would feel stressed with their team competing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

 

  • 1 in 3 Canadians (33%) say watching their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is stressful.
    • 37% of Ottawa residents say watching their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is stressful.
    • 37% of Edmonton residents say watching their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is stressful.

Ottawa Senators Extend Partnership with StubHub to Include Ticket Barcode Integration

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StubHub joins Capital Tickets as the sole authenticated partners of the Senators that can guarantee fans access into games.

The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today plans to employ new technology to authenticate tickets resold through their long-time partner, StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace. In collaboration with Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan), the Senators become the first Canadian sports franchise to employ a ticket barcode integration system with StubHub.

This ticketing integration will enable Senators ticket holders to seamlessly resell their tickets on StubHub, while offering buyers added security as new barcodes are reissued to the buyer once the ticket is purchased. This industry-leading technology provides tickets that are digitally delivered to the buyer and provides options for print-at-home and mobile phone fulfillment. StubHub becomes the sole authenticated partner of the Senators that can guarantee fans access into games.

“With the digital ticket marketplace always evolving, this partnership is extremely important to our business and more importantly our fans,” said Peter O’Leary, Ottawa Senators chief marketing officer and vice-president of ticketing. “StubHub’s integration feature gives us the ability to authenticate tickets in real-time helping us in a variety of ways, including alleviating fraudulent reselling. We can now add StubHub alongside Capital Tickets as the only authorized ticket vendors for Ottawa Senators games.”

“In addition to authentication, this agreement, along with our Ticket Trade and charitable donation programs, allows our fans the opportunity to sell tickets from their season-seat packages on the open market for the games they are not able to attend. We feel this will address a longstanding challenge for fans who wish to experience the benefits of season-seat membership, but are not able to attend all 41 home games.”

The partnership between the Senators and StubHub began during the 2012-13 National Hockey League season and represented StubHub’s first official marketing sponsorship with a Canadian sports team. This agreement continues to include the designation of StubHub as the Senators’ official fan-to-fan ticket marketplace and StubHub branding visible at all Senators home games at Canadian Tire Centre as well as across the club’s web and social marketing channels. StubHub will also run in-game promotions that can include ticket upgrades, and “can’t-buy” experiences such as watching pre-game warm-ups from the penalty box.

“At StubHub, we strive to offer fans a superior event-going experience, allowing them to buy and sell tickets easily on the world’s largest ticket marketplace,” said Geoff Lester, StubHub’s head of partnerships and business development. “As such, we are excited to expand our relationship with the Senators and Spectra to include our ticketing integration.”

“We are thrilled to continue to enhance our partnership with the Ottawa Senators and provide their fans with access to the largest marketplace to buy and sell tickets,” said Dave Butler, President and CEO of Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement. “Our partnership integration with StubHub provides access to great seats to Senators games at Canadian Tire Centre through an easy-to-use, fan-friendly platform.”

What is Ticket Authentication?

When tickets are authenticated, it means that the Ottawa Senators have verified that the tickets are valid for the hockey game, concert or event. Outside of the Senators’-owned Capital Tickets and StubHub, no other ticket reseller can make this claim. Some ticketing websites may “guarantee” the tickets, but that does not mean the actual ticket has been validated. It does mean the buyer is intended to receive a refund if the ticket is not valid. Capital Tickets and the Ottawa Senators along with our partner Stub Hub are the only ticket sellers able to guarantee you access to an event, removing any risk of purchasing online.

 

 

Stanley Cup Finals Update: Blackhawks Look to Clinch on Home Ice

The Blackhawks have taken the upper hand in the Stanley Cup Finals and StubHub is seeing a ton of demand for Game 6 tonight in Chicago. It’s not too surprising because, as nhl.com reported, the Blackhawks have a chance to clinch the Stanley Cup on home ice for the first time since 1938. Let’s take a look at demand:

2015 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Average Ticket Price Sold on StubHub

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 1: $500

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 2: $635

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks Game 3: $1,060

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks Game 4: $1,282

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 5: $647

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks Game 6: $1,877

If Necessary Games:

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 7: $1,005

The cheapest ticket  available for tonight’s game in Chicago is going for around $918 with 700 listings left on StubHub. This game will be making history as it will be the highest selling Blackhawks game on StubHub ever. We’ve also seen some more demand for a potential Game 7 as the Lightning fight for their playoff lives tonight in hopes of moving the Finals back home on Wednesday.

Stanley Cup Finals Update: Thunderstruck

Life is good right now for the Tampa Bay Lightning. They have come from behind and won two games in a row, they’ve beaten the Blackhawks on their home and their coaches don’t even have to pay for dinner in Chicago. For the Blackhawks, it’s the opposite story. They’re down 2-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals, and it looks like they may have an injured defenseman in Johnny Oduya. But the Blackhawks have had their backs against the wall before. They were down 3-2 in the Conference Finals to Anaheim before playing their two best games of the series to close it out. Has any of this affected demand for tickets to tonight’s game at the United Center? Let’s find out:

2015 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Average Ticket Price Sold on StubHub

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 1: $500

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 2: $635

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks Game 3: $1,018

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks Game 4: $1,254

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 5: $761

If Necessary Games:

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks Game 6: $1,547

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 7: $935

The prices have dropped for the Blackhawks home games and risen for the Tampa ones. Demand is getting higher around the Tampa Bay area as fans could have a chance to witness their team hoist the Cup. The cheapest ticket available for tonight’s game in Chicago on StubHub is currently $329 with 630 listings remaining. Each game in this series has been decided by one goal. Let’s see if the Blackhawks bounce back tonight.

Stanley Cup Finals Update: Getting Tighter

The Stanley Cup Finals have gotten tighter. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks are all knotted up at one game a piece as we enter Game 3 tonight in Chicago. This will be the Blackhawks first home game of the series and their first hosted Finals game since Game 5 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins. The Blackhawks are 7-1 at home during the playoffs this year and the Lightning are 7-3 on the road. Let’s find out how games 1 and 2 have affected demand and ticket prices for each remaining game so far:

2015 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Average Ticket Price Sold on StubHub

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 1: $500

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 2: $635

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks Game 3: $1,060

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks Game 4: $1,282

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 5: $744

If Necessary Games:

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks Game 6: $1,575

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 7: $930

The cheapest ticket  available for tonight’s game in Chicago is going for around $350 with 400 listings left on StubHub. The price has dropped for Game 3 a little this week as sellers look to unload their tickets. Now that Game 5 is assured, there has been some decent demand with the price for it moving up a bit. Each game has been decided by just one goal so far and after a gutty performance by the Lightning coming from behind in Game 2, this series just got a little tighter.

The Stanley Cup Finals and the Traveling Blackhawks Fans

The Stanley Cup Finals begin on Wednesday, June 3rd, in Tampa Bay and StubHub is already seeing some strong demand from both markets. The Blackhawks look to win their third Stanley Cup in last six years as the Lightning try to win their second Cup ever after hoisting the first one in 2004. Let’s take a look at how demand is affecting the average ticket price for each game:

2015 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Average Ticket Price Sold on StubHub

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 1: $537

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 2: $663

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks Game 3: $1,133

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks Game 4: $1,267

If Necessary Games:

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 5: $703

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks Game 6: $1,761

Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 7: $913

It’s not surprising that the games in Chicago are more expensive than the ones in Tampa. Chicago is a large market and the Blackhawks have a very strong following, so much so that their fans also travel very well. Despite the 1,000 mile distance between the two cities, 20% of StubHub’s sales for Game 1 are coming from the state of Illinois. There will certainly be some red and white in the stands in Tampa but will it be enough support to top the red hot Ben Bishop and the Bolts at home?