Canadian residents barred 24 hours from buying tickets for Leafs games in Florida, Panthers say


Toronto Maple Leafs fans planning to attend the team's road games in the upcoming second-round NHL playoff series against Florida may find themselves with limited ticket options.

The Panthers have restricted early sales for Games 3 and 4 to American residents.

A team spokesperson told CBC News via email that U.S. residents would be given first access to tickets for 24 hours, starting Monday morning.

The Maple Leafs have a fan base that travels well, particularly in the Snowbird-heavy Sunshine State.

News of restrictions led many fans to believe it was an effort to limit the number of Leafs supporters and maximize home-ice advantage. Under an 'Important Event Info' listing on the Ticketmaster website linked to the Panthers' site, a tab outlined sales requirements.

Dates for the Florida home games — which would include Game 6 if the best-of-seven series lasts that long — have not been announced.