For those who are interested in what happens beyond the ice surface, Forbes.com has just the ticket for you. Today they released their annual National Hockey League rankings that evaluate teams on based on financial earnings and debts. Categories that calculate the final number are things such as operating income, player expenses, gate receipts, net of stadium revenues used for debt payments, league wide revenue sharing, market size, and yearly value changes (amongst other things).
Let's take a look at the top 3 spots in their rankings:
1.) Toronto Maple Leafs
Projected Team Value: $521MVenue: Air Canada CentreCost to Build: $175M (1999)Average Ticket Price: $116Arena Debt % Value: 25%Last Championship: 1967
Despite not winning a Stanley Cup since 1967, the Maple Leafs are leaps and bounds ahead of their competitors. Located in the hockey hotbed of Toronto, they have no problem attracting fans to their games. It shouldn't be any surprise that one of the original six t...