The Best Canadian Hockey Towns


History be damned, Toronto, Ontario is the undisputed center of the hockey universe. At least, that’s what Torontonians often claim. The club was founded in 1917 and, along with Montreal, New York, Boston, and Detroit, the Leafs blazed a trail for the league’s sustained success.

Toronto may not be the oldest franchise and it may not have as many cups, but you could argue it’s the most successful Canadian team. At least, where dollars are considered. The Toronto Maple Leafs franchise boasts an estimated value of U.S. $1.45 billion, making it the most valuable Canadian team and the second most valuable team in the league.

Toronto is also home to the largest youth ice hockey organization in the entire world, The Greater Toronto Hockey League, which consists of 2,800 teams made up of over 40,000 players. Their NHL alum counter is off the charts, too.

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