When it comes to filling stadiums and bringing in revenue, these ten college hockey teams are the best in the business. Using the 2013-2014 Department of Education website, I have compiled a list ranking the top 10 college hockey programs by revenue produced for their prospective schools. Because colleges and universities are non-profits, it is essentially pointless to look at the profits of any particular program for a true value, as a large portion of them simply 'break even' on paper because they put whatever they made during the season back into their expenses - or into another athletic program. Top-tier college hockey programs are now a talent-rich league that feed the NHL and compete in the recruiting game with the top major junior leagues in both the US and Canada - something that not too long ago was just a pipe-dream for the coaches of the NCAA. So without further delay, here is a list of the 10 most valuable college hockey programs.

University of Minnesota


University of Minnesota hockey
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Venue: Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota

NCAA Tournaments: 35

National Championships: 5

The Gophers arguably are the most successful NCAA ice hockey program of all time. Fans pack Mariucci Arena like few others in the country and with the newly formed Big Ten hockey conference, it looks like the University of Minnesota's revenue is not going to be sliding downhill anytime soon. At almost $8 million, it is not only the highest revenue NCAA college hockey team, but is so by a substantial margin. If you like the idea of watching perennial powerhouses duke it out on television, tune into the Big Ten Network on Friday and Saturday's.

University of North Dakota


University of North Dakota NCAA hockey
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Venue: Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, North Dakota

NCAA Tournaments: 28

National Championships: 7

The Fighting Sioux carry on a hockey tradition that is matched by very few college programs. At over $4.6 million in revenue, this National Collegiate Hockey Conference ("NCHC") power boasts the second highest revenue in all of college hockey. With legendary coaches like John Gasparini and Dean Blais, few would argue that college hockey doesn't rank number one in the hearts of the people of North Dakota - especially proven by viewing the salaries these coaches get.

University of Wisconsin


University of Wisconsin NCAA hockey team
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Venue: Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin

NCAA Tournaments: 26

National Championships: 6

Collegiate hockey does not get any bigger than at the University of Wisconsin. Badger fans show up in droves to the Kohl Center - and nearly every year they average the highest attendance in the nation. The revenue side of things is pretty chipper as well, as the program raked in nearly $4.5 million last year, making it the third most valuable NCAA college hockey program in the country.

Penn State University


Penn State hockey
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Venue: Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pennsylvania

NCAA Tournaments: 0

National Championships: 0

After only a few short seasons at the NCAA Division I level, and thanks in large part to billionaire Buffalo Sabres owner Terrence Pegula, the Penn State hockey program is already one of the highest revenue NCAA hockey teams in the nation. The Nittany Lions were a powerhouse in the American Collegiate Hockey Association ("ACHA") and with the newly built state-of-the-art Pegula Ice Arena, the Penn State hockey fans have lots to look forward to in the years ahead.


Boston University


Boston University NCAA hockey
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Venue: Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts

NCAA Tournaments: 32

National Championships: 5

College hockey rankings are used to putting Boston University near the top of the column. With arguably the best hockey rivalry in the NCAA with in-state foe Boston College, and over $3.3 million in revenue, the Terriers are the fifth most valuable college program in the country and best on the East Coast. Though struggling as of late, there is no question David Quinn will have this team turned around very soon and the Dog Pound will be jumping once again.

Colorado College


Colorado College NCAA college hockey team
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Venue: World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado

NCAA Tournaments: 20

National Championships: 2

Colorado College only has 2,011 undergraduates but this private liberal arts college does NCAA college hockey in a big way. The Tigers are the second college hockey team on this list from the NCHC, which might very well be college hockey's best conference, and have a revenue stream of over $3.2 for it's men's program alone.

University of Michigan


University of Michigan ice hockey
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Venue: Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan

NCAA Tournaments: 35

National Championships: 9

The Wolverines have won an NCAA-record nine Division I NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championships. Red Berenson has been at the helm for 31 years now, and has amassed over 800 victories in that time period. It is obvious that the University of Michigan takes it's college hockey seriously and now that Big Ten hockey is up and running, it very well could be the perfect opportunity for the Blue and Maize to start making another run at an NCAA title.

University of Vermont


University of Vermont college hockey
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Venue: Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vermont

NCAA Tournaments: 6

National Championships: 0

At nearly $3 million in revenue, the Vermont Catamounts are one of the highest revenue NCAA college hockey teams in large part because of their loyal fans. Of course, not giving a shout out to Patrick Sharp who attended this Hockey East program would be a disservice to all my fellow Blackhawk fans. Vermont is a great hockey state, and is not considered America's Winter Playground for nothing.

University of Alaska-Anchorage


University of Alaska-Anchorage hockey
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Venue: Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska

NCAA Tournaments: 3

National Championships: 0

The Seawolves are a member of the WCHA and produce a revenue of over $2.8 with their men's ice hockey team. Other than having the coolest mascot in NCAA college hockey, they also have the coolest winter - no pun intended. With a healthy rivalry between Alaska-Fairbanks and a fairly decent talent pool for recruits, this secluded gem of a program is one to be familiar with.

Boston College


Boston College hockey
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Venue: Kelley Rink in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

NCAA Tournaments: 33

National Championships: 5

Boston College consistently has one of the top college hockey rankings, but is also home to one of the highest revenue's in the NCAA. As long as Jerry York just keeps establishing winning teams, the fans in Chestnut Hill will keep on smiling.

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