Three of National Hockey League’s top 5 most valuable franchises are based in Canada as per a report by Forbes that started tracking the value of National Hockey League teams fifteen years ago.
Canada’s Toronto Maple Leafs is worth US$ 1.15 billion. New York Rangers is in the second position followed by Montreal Canadiens (Canada), Vancouver Canucks (Canada) as well as defending champ Chicago Blackhawks. The annual valuations report was released by Forbes earlier on Monday.
According to reports, Forbes stated that the Canadian teams generally attract huge audiences that serve the team to generate more profit in stadiums compared to United States based teams. Forbes has valued National Hockey League teams at an average of US$ 413 million.
Boston Bruins is in 6th spot. The top ten list is completed by Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings.
In the mean time, the Western Conference is dominating National Hockey League power rankings. The top 5 got ruffled around from the vote 2 weeks earlier, but all stayed from the West. Boston Bruins (6th) and Pittsburgh Penguins (tenth) were the two Eastern sides to crack top ten.
Defensively stingy St. Louis Blues went from 4th spot to 1st, getting 7 first place votes in a vote which was taken on morning of 25th November by the twelve person panel. Alexander Steen scored two times on Monday evening and he has been giving the offense, good enough for the 2nd spot among MVP candidates.