The Toronto Maple Leafs are NHL’s most valuable franchise

Forbes releases its annual ranking of NHL team values and, of course, the Blue and White are making the most green, once again.

The moneymaking machine that is the Toronto Maple Leafs is Forbes’ MVF (most valuable franchise) in 2013.

No surprise that the Buds, valued at $1.15 billion, top the list. But there are a couple firsts to take note of, which show the strength of the NHL’s Canadian markets.

Three of the top five teams are from Canada (Toronto and Montreal are Nos. 1 and 2 in profitability, too) and every Canadian club ranks among the top 16 – both firsts since Forbes started its rankings in 1998.

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The New York Rangers are the highest-ranking franchise from the United States, followed by the Chicago Blackhawks. Five of the top six spots went to Original Six teams.

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