Canadian contribution: 28 per cent
With the NHL having won its hard salary cap the hard way, Kelly's job is to drive revenues to keep players' salaries growing. The source of the NHL's revenue growth is no secret. Kelly pointed out the six Canadian franchises represent 28 percent of the revenues (or 4.7 percent each). The other 24 U.S. teams make up the other 72 percent, or 3 percent each.
Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal reported at the most recent NHL board of governor's meeting, revenues were projected for the current season at $2.53 billion — a 10 to 11 percent increase over the previous season.