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Sunday, January 07, 2007

A look at the books

The great thing about most American junior hockey leagues being 501(c) organizations is that their annual IRS Form 990 tax filings are public information. So here are the most recently available filings for some of those leagues. These forms provide some rather interesting information about the revenues and expenditures of each league. I'm not going to make a lot of comments at this time about any particular league's filing. The posting of these forms may generate some controversy (no one likes being examined), so why am I doing this? First off, I'm a strong believer in transparency - I'd be surprised if many teams ever looked at the filings of their own leagues. I also believe these forms contain information that each league could find useful. I don't mean that in a political intelligence sense, but a "Best Practices" one. However, I will include the caveat that each league is different in the services they provide directly, as well as how they categorize and/or itemize their revenues and/or expenses. That said, I would caution anyone from jumping to conclusions. In addition, I'm also throwing in the Big 3 NCAA leagues, as well as the NHL and AHL, which recently switched their operations to 501(c)'s.

Junior Leagues
NAHL: 2004-05
EJHL: 2005-06
CSHL: 2004-05
MJHL: 2004-05
WSHL: 2004-05

College Leagues
CCHA: 2004-05
WCHA: 2004-05
Hockey East: 2004-05

Pro Leagues
NHL: 2004-05
AHL: 2004-05

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Comments on "A look at the books"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:07 AM, January 08, 2007) : 

Very interesting, thank you. Where did you locate this and do they have the info for the individual teams too?


Blogger Marc Foster said ... (7:22 AM, January 09, 2007) : 

There are many teams, typically Jr. B, as well as youth/midget associations available in the system. The can be found at, but registration is required.


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