National Hockey League (NHL) - Statistics & Facts

National Hockey League (NHL) - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts on the National Hockey League (NHL)

The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America. Founded in 1917, the league initially comprised five teams; all of which were located in Canada. The teams were the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Arenas and the Quebec Bulldogs. The Quebec Bulldogs though did not play in the 1917/18 season. Today, the NHL has 30 franchised member clubs, of which seven are located in Canada and 23 in the United States. The Montreal Canadiens are the most successful franchise in the league in terms of championships, having won the Stanley Cup 24 times.

The NHL as a whole generates about three billion U.S. dollars in revenue each season, an average of 112 million U.S. dollars per team. The Toronto Maple Leafs were the highest grossing team in the NHL with 200 million U.S. dollars in revenue in 2011/12. The Maple Leafs are also the most valuable franchise in the league according to Forbes, with a value of one billion U.S. dollars. It is the first and only team worth a billion or more. On average, franchises in the NHL were worth 282 million U.S. dollars in 2012.

In the regular season, a leaguewide total of 1,230 games are played that are attended by about 20 million people in total. In the 2012/13 season, total attendance was at just 12.76 million due to the lesser number of games played caused by the labor dispute and the ensuing lockout. The average attendance in 2012/13 was at about 17.7 thousand, in line with the averages of prior seasons.

Tickets to NHL games cost 61 U.S. dollars on average in the 2012/13 season, the first time the average ticket price was at more than 60 U.S. dollars. Based on the average ticket price, Toronto Maple Leafs games were the most expensive, with an average of 124.69 U.S. dollars, while the Dallas Stars charged the least with an average ticket price of around 36 U.S. dollars.

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