Statistics and Facts on the NHL
The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America comprising 30 franchises in the U.S. and Canada.
During the regular season, a leaguewide total of 1,230 games are played that are attended by about 21 million fans
in total (2011/12), an average
of 17,455 (2011/12) per game. The average ticket price
was at 57.10 U.S. dollars in 2011/12.
As a league, the NHL generates approximately 3 billion U.S. dollars in total revenue
each year, an average of about 103 million U.S. dollars per franchise. The Toronto Maple Leafs were the highest grossing team
in 2010/11 (193 million in revenues), as well as the most valuable franchise
(521 million U.S. dollars). The Montreal Canadiens are the most successful team in terms of championships with a total of 24 Stanley Cup victories.
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