The NHL as a whole generates more than four billion U.S. dollars in revenue each season, an average of 147.63 million U.S. dollars per team in the 2016/17 season. The New York Rangers were the highest grossing team in the NHL with 246 million U.S. dollars in revenue in 2016/17. The Rangers are also the most valuable franchise in the league according to Forbes, with a value of 1.5 billion U.S. dollars. Only three other teams besides the Rangers have a value of one billion U.S. dollars or more - the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks. On average, franchises in the NHL were worth 594 million U.S. dollars in 2017.
In the regular season, a league wide total of 1,230 games are played that are attended by more than 20 million people in total each year. 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 2017/18 was at about 17.45 thousand, in line with the averages of prior seasons.