Ice Hockey is big business in North America. Separate TV deal for America and Canada have really helped a sport that not 3 years ago, lost an entire season over a dispute between the league and the players. The league where worried about teams going bankrupt and spending far too much on player wages. The players, did not want any salary caps, and felt it was their right to earn as much as their skill dictated the club was willing to pay for them. They also disputed some questionable statistics coming from the league about percentage of team revenue spent on player wages.
However in 2014-15 season a big new Canadian Media deal saw a huge boost in income, and the average value of an NHL team rose 18.6%, to a huge $490 million. The twelve year deal, is worth of over two and a half times its previous Canadian media deal. This had lead to three team being worth over $1 billion. We list the top five below.
The Vancouver Canucks are our fifth placed team, and come in with a value of $800 Million. They have never won the Stanley cup, but have lost in three finals. They have won two titles for being the best team in the leagues regular season before the play off’s, known as the Presidents trophy.
Next up on the list is the Chicago Blackhawks. The most successful team in recent NHL history. They have won three Stanley cups over the last five years, and six in their history. They where one of the NHL’s six original teams, and have a rich history.
Montreal Canadians, are our first billion dollar franchise. Another one of the “original six” They have won the Stanley cup a record 24times and 22 times since only NHL teams contested it after 1927. They are the oldest hockey team continually in existence, and predate the foundation of the NHL itself.
Second on the list are the New York Rangers, yet another member of the “original six”, and are worth $1.1 Billion. They where the first US based ice hockey team to win The Stanley Cup, and have won four in total.
Finally taking the top place on our Ice Hockey rich list are the Toronto Maple Leafs, possibly the most recognisable of all ice hockey teams to the casual fan. They are worth a whopping $1.3 billion, and are another member of the “original six” showing that the richer the heritage, the deeper the pockets. They have won thirteen Stanley Cups, yet their last triumph was 48 years ago, the longest drought between titles in NHL history. Showing again that recent success is not needed to be very valuable.