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 encompasses 30 franchises, 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.
In recent years, the NHL as a whole has generated more than four billion U.S. dollars in revenue each season, surpassing the five billion U.S. dollar mark for the first time in the 2018/19 season. This league revenue translated to an average of over 164 million U.S. dollars per team in that season. The New York Rangers were the highest grossing team in the NHL with 270 million U.S. dollars in revenue in 2018/19. The Rangers are also the most valuable franchise in the league, with a value of 1.65 billion U.S. dollars. Only four other teams besides the Rangers have a value of one billion U.S. dollars or more - the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Montreal Canadiens, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Boston Bruins. The NHL's Franchises value were worth 667 million U.S. dollars on average in 2019.
In the regular season, a league wide total of 1,230 games are played that are attended by more than 22 million people in total each year. In the 2012/13 season, total attendance was at just 12.76 million due to a fewer number of games played caused by the labor dispute and the ensuing lockout. The average attendance in 2018/19 was at about 17.46 thousand, in line with the averages of prior seasons.
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