For their 7th consecutive year, the New York Rangers top Forbes’ annual list for the NHL’s most valuable franchise, with a worth of $2 billion. This marks Forbes’ 23rd annual ranking of the National Hockey League’s 31 teams.
Although the Rangers missed the playoffs in 3 of the last 4 seasons, their value went up 21% (in comparison to last year).
The Toronto Maple Leafs rank second at $1.8 billion, followed by the Montreal Canadiens in third, Chicago Blackhawks in fourth, and Boston Bruins in fifth at $1.3 billion.
According to Forbes, “The average NHL team is now worth $865 million, an increase of 32% from last year, the biggest year-over-year jump since the 50% gain in 2013. NHL team values are up due in large part to the league’s new seven-year U.S. media deals with ESPN and Turner that began this season and will pay the NHL an average of $625 million a year, versus the past average of $300 million.”
Here are the top 10 Teams on Forbes’ 2021 List:
1. New York Rangers ($2 billion)
2. Toronto Maple Leafs ($1.8 billion)
3. Montreal Canadiens ($1.6 billion)
4. Chicago Blackhawks ($1.4 billion)
5. Boston Bruins ($1.3 billion)
6. Philadelphia Flyers ($1.2 billion)
7. Edmonton Oilers ($1.1 billion)
8. Los Angeles Kings ($1.025 billion)
9. Detroit Red Wings ($990 million)
10. New York Islanders ($950 million)