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Forbes' 2012 team values: Blackhawks No. 4


Forbes' 2012 team values: Blackhawks No. 4

Since the NHL lockout began, revenue sharing has been a hot topic. We knew the financial differences between organizations was rather hefty, but Forbes' release of each team's worth on Wednesday further illustrated the differences.

The "Original Six" teams lead the way in terms of the organizations' value, and the Blackhawks are listed as the fourth-highest, totaling 350 million. But the Maple Leafs are the ones that really turned heads, becoming the first NHL franchise to be valued at 1 billion.

Let's do the math.

While the Rangers sit at the No. 2 spot at 750 million, there's still a 250 million gap between New York and Toronto, and there are still another 27 teams in between before you reach the last-place Blues who are currently worth 130 million.

Forbes pointed out the tremendous differences in value between the league's most profitable and weaker markets:

The five most valuable teamsthe Maple Leafs (1 billion), New York Rangers (750 million), Montreal Canadiens (575 million), Chicago Blackhawks (350 million) and Boston Bruins (348 million)are worth 605 million, on average. The five least valuablethe Carolina Hurricanes (162 million), New York Islanders (155 million), Columbus Blue Jackets (145 million), Phoenix Coyotes (134 million) and St. Louis Blues (130 million)are worth just 145 million, on average.

To top it all off, Forbes' report states that the Maple Leafs, Rangers and Canadiens currently make up 83 percent of the NHL's operating revenue.

On that note, here's a full look at Forbes' list of each NHL team's value:

TeamValue1.Maple Leafs
1 billion
2.Rangers750 million
3.Canadiens575 million
4.Blackhawks350 million
5.Bruins348 million
6.Red Wings
346 million
7.Canucks342 million
8.Flyers336 million
9.Penguins288 million
10.Kings276 million
11.Capitals250 million
12.Flames245 million
13.Stars240 million
14.Oilers225 million
15.Sharks223 million
16.Senators220 million
17.Wild218 million
18.Avalanche210 million
19.Devils205 million
20.Jets200 million
21.Ducks192 million
22.Sabres175 million
23.Lightning174 million
24.Panthers170 million
25.Predators167 million
26.Hurricanes162 million
27.Islanders155 million
28.Blue Jackets
145 million
29.Coyotes134 million
30.Blues130 million

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites has plenty of great IHSA football playoff action from the semifinals on Saturday as NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of many of the area's top matchups. 

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

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This Week's Scores

Class 8A

Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10

Class 7A

Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7

Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21

Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7

Class 5A

Phillips 27, Sterling 14

Dunlap 21, Washington 0

Class 4A

Morris 43, Raby 8

Class 3A

IC Catholic 7, Byron 0

Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2

Class 2A

Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8

Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14

Class 1A

Tuscola 21, Athens 14

Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8


It's official: Blackhawks-Bruins to play at Notre Dame Stadium in 2019 Winter Classic


It's official: Blackhawks-Bruins to play at Notre Dame Stadium in 2019 Winter Classic

It’s official: The Blackhawks are headed back outdoors.

The NHL announced that the 2019 Winter Classic will be held at Notre Dame Stadium, featuring the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on Jan. 1.

"The Blackhawks and Bruins, two of our most historic franchises, will be meeting outdoors for the first time at the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "Notre Dame Stadium, with its capacity approaching 80,000, will provide an ideal setting for this ground-breaking event and will host the largest live audience ever to witness a game by either of these teams."

"The Chicago Blackhawks are honored to be participating in this marquee event at an iconic venue like Notre Dame Stadium," Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough said in a statement. "The University of Notre Dame has strong alumni roots in both Chicago and Boston, and, with an established rivalry between the Blackhawks and Bruins, fans will be treated to an exciting game in a unique atmosphere. We appreciate the invitation to the game and look forward to what will be a great day for both franchises and the National Hockey League."

It's the sixth time the Blackhawks will be playing outdoors, and their league-leading fourth Winter Classic. The Blackhawks are 1-4-0 in outdoor games, and are winless in three Winter Classic games.

Chicago's only outdoor win came against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2014 Stadium Series Classic, a 5-1 victory at Soldier Field.