Forbes has released its annual values of what the National Hockey League teams look like – and it should surprise no one that the
Toronto Maple Leafs lead the way as the most valuable NHL franchise.
While the decline of the National Hockey League in Canada in the 90′s causing us to lose franchises such as the Quebec Nordiques and the first edition of the Winnipeg Jets- this year’s numbers are a little bit for forgiving for the Canadian franchises – almost hinting at the point that Canada will soon be the tip of the economic spear for the league.
Coupled with the Toronto Maple Leafs being the most valuable team in hockey – they also have the highest ticket prices in the National Hockey League – which should also come as no surprise, given the corporate environment that is the Air Canada Centre. The Toronto Maple Leafs are worth an estimated 1,150 Million dollars.
It’s a good thing that Terry Pegula can drill another gas well if he needs more money – because the Buffalo Sabres rank just 22 – only better than eight teams in the National Hockey League.
Despite raising ticket prices much to the ire of their fans who have long suffered with playoff droughts and bad hockey decisions – the Buffalo Sabres tickets are still in the lower half of the league – which matches their overall value of 250 million dollars.
All is not lost for the Buffalo Sabres who are destined to win and make money sometime – as they fall somewhere between the first place Toronto Maple Leafs and the least valuable team in the National Hockey League – whose worth is listed as a meager 175 million dollars – the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Where does your team fall when it comes to value? You can check out the full report at Forbes.com by clicking here.