The Chicago Blackhawks rank fourth on Forbes’ annual list of NHL franchise values through the 2014-15 season. Forbes estimates the organization’s value at $925 million.
That’s an increase of 12 percent over last year and 48 percent over 2013.
According to Forbes, the Blackhawks generated $182 million in revenue with an operating income of $44.8 million. The report estimates each of the three Stanley Cup runs has generated an additional $25 million of operating income.
Forbes and ESPN both ranked the Blackhawks as one of the worst franchises in all of professional sports as recently as 2004, but Rocky Wirtz has had the midas touch. In 2009, Forbes wrote about the miraculous resurrection of the franchise as “the greatest sports-business turnaround ever.” And that was before they won three Cups in six seasons.