NHL Stanley Cup titles - additional information
Having lifted the trophy a total of 24 times, the Montreal Canadiens are the team with more Stanley Cup titles than any other franchise. Founded in 1909, the Canadiens are the longest continuously operating professional ice hockey team and the only existing NHL club to predate the founding of the NHL itself. The team was dominant in the 1950s, winning 5 consecutive Stanley Cups between 1956 and 1960. Their most recent championship was in 1992-93, which also marks the last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have the second highest amount of Stanley Cup titles with 13 wins to their name. Their last title came in 1967 and the team has not reached the final since, despite their division championship title in 2000. Although the Maple Leafs have lacked success in recent years, they remain one of the most valuable franchises in the NHL with an estimated worth of 1.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2016. They are the second most followed NHL team on Twitter, with around 1.48 million followers and usually play their home games in front of a near capacity crowd of almost 20,000 at their stadium, The Air Canada Centre. This is despite the fact that Maple Leafs have the highest ticket prices in the league, with a family day out at the stadium potentially costing in excess of 570 U.S. dollars.
The winners of the Stanley Cup in 2014 were the Los Angeles Kings, who claimed their second title in the space of three years, having won their first ever title in 2012. As a result of these recent successes, the Kings have seen their franchise value grow from 276 million U.S. dollars in 2012 to 600 million U.S. dollars in 2016.