Canucks NHL’s fourth most valuable franchise: Forbes
Three of top five teams based in Canada
The Vancouver Canucks are the fourth most valuable NHL team. Current value: $700 million. Revenue 2012-13: $101 million. Operating income 2012-13: $15.8 million (according to Forbes). You can click on the photos tab on this story, then click on the "next" button to see the most valuable franchises in the NHL in order.
Photograph by: Darryl Dyck, CP
Middle of the pack — 15th place in a 30-team NHL — on the ice, but the fourth most valuable franchise off it: that’s the Vancouver Canucks.
Forbes.com on Monday released its estimate of National Hockey League franchise values, and the Canucks at $700 million (at least, the team and the value of Rogers Arena and its accompanying real estate were pegged at around that figure during this year's divorce settlement between co-owner Francesco Aquilini and his wife Taliah) come in at a cool fourth, behind No. 1 Toronto Maple Leafs, No. 2 New York Rangers and No. 3 Montreal Canadiens, plus a cool $75 million ahead of the fifth-place (and Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
For the first time since Forbes started tracking the value of the teams 15 years ago, three of the top five franchises in value are Canadian.
Forbes says Canadian teams usually have higher attendance, helping them generate more revenue from their arenas as compared to U.S.-based franchises.
NHL teams are valued at an average of $413 million, Forbes estimates.
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