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.
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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