Best NHL Hockey Fans
The Top Ten Best NHL Hockey Fans
Nobody lives and dies with their hockey team like Montreal does although Toronto would definitely be in second-place.
k look if you don't vote for the canadiens... something is wrong wit u... I've been to most of the "crazy hockey city's" and well Montreal is the best by far... and I'm not even a habs fan... but montreal is the best hockey city
My mother has always been a senator fan. After I took her to a game at the bell centre, she walked out saying "go habs go! "
The birthplace of hockey, Montreal may be a Catholic city but its biggest cathedrals are the Forum and the Bell Centre. Its biggest holy symbol is the letter C with an H in it and the Catholic Church has even placed ads in major newspapers urging the populace to pray for Les Canadiens. No place in the world worships Hockey with the passion of Montreal and no place in the world has had that passion for as long as Montreal. There is no contest here.
No other teams has a fan base that keeps the building full when their team is absolutely horrible.
The team has not won a Stanley Cup since 1967, the team has not appeared in a Stanley Cup final since 1967 and the team has had long stretches of futility since 1967 and yet this team continues to sell-out the Gardens or ACC night in and night out. You can always expect a contingent of Leaf fans too at any away arena including several where they outnumber the home teams fans on some occasions. - wg
This team is so horrible the fans would have to be truly superhuman to not completely abandon it at this point. Always trying to shadow the Habs. So sad, that they only make this list because they're a lousy team. Losing Even After Fifty Seasons. I am a Habs fan and I have to respect these guys, like, at least Habs fans have had something to cheer for over the last half century.
we would rather get shot than cheer for the habs, sens or anyone else
I'm a Flames fan living in Western New York (Sabres country) and have followed this team since the early 1980s (although not as extensively in recent years). Terrific franchise, amazing fans, great rivalries with Edmonton and Vancouver (Colorado, Dallas and Anaheim are also good ones as well). All-time fave player? Hakan Loob. He wore #12 well before Iggy immortalized it. Iggy is a legend, for sure, but Loober will always be #1 in this fan's heart and mind. It's always been a challenge to follow the Flames here in the East, but thanks to livestreaming and social media, the Flames can readily be followed here in the Buffalo area (albeit very late at night). 1989 was a season to remember. (May 25, to be precise.) GO FLAMES GO!
C OF RED! DUH! You will never be in another stadium that has such a unified color, It's awesome. GO FLAMES GO!
Calgary has the best fanbase very passionate
If only they did not lose the stanley cup final against tampa in 2004.
Insanely loud. Especially during playoffs, the whiteout, the party outside? They really shell it out and you can feel the team pride as soon as you enter the BellMTS Place.
This is the NUMBER ONE fan base out of all of the NHL! You walk into the Bell MTS Centre and you just feel the energy and the passion for the team and the game. You cannot experience it anywhere else unlike the fans of the Winnipeg Jets. No matter winning or loosing. Tell me how CALGARY FLAMES are up there? I have went to many flames games and my god it is the most dry and quiet game ever. You could hear a pin drop. No one does it like the Winnipeg Jetters. We may be a smaller city but we are the most passionate and the most proud. So loud and energetic... not just babies gotta wear ear protection!
Everyone should experience a jet game at mts centre. It's unbelievable. We should be at number one spot. Montreal overrated so does toronto.
Greatest fan experience of any nhl team. Should be #1 after the playoffs last year. #whiteout
As a long time Maple Leafs fan, this team should be DEAD LAST for "Best Fans"! They LOSE points for being an original 6 fan base that abandoned their team when they were bad in the mid-2000's but then discovered their team when they drafted upcoming stars. PHONY/FAIR WEATHER/FRAUDS and to make it worse, they tout their so-called TWO MILLION fans at their victory parade, like that somehow makes up for them being 2nd to last in attendance before they got good! Easily number one bandwagon bunch, totally no-nothings about hockey too. Great at screaming during national anthem, but ask them who Stan Mikita or Bobby Hull is and watch the blank stares...
How can this team's fans be ranked 3rd? How about NUMBER 1 BANDWAGON fan base? How do you not show up when the team is lousy, and blame it on fans wanting to punish ownership, but then the team is GREAT and you show up? Oh, because your really knowledgeable? Sorry, that's fair weather Chicago! You should be ranked 28th, or 29th, just like your attendance was around 2006-07. Montreal has real fans. Toronto has real fans. I'll take even Sharks and Kings fans over this group as they showed up in the years their teams were not making the playoffs. Of the original 6, easily the worst fan base. Total Fake Fans!
I vote, as a BRUINS fan, this team to be number one bandwagon group of fans in the NHL. Unlike Boston, a TRUE hockey city, one that produces tons of college hockey talent, no colleges in Chicago produce anything other than bandwagon fans that claim to be loyal. Bruins attendance NEVER tanked like Chicago's did, and they should be in the bottom 5 of WORST fan bases, since they are totally bandwagon. What a bunch of phonies!
How can this fan base be listed anywhere in the top 20? They were 2nd to last in attendance when the team was crummy, and oh, guess what, they get really good and they're all of a sudden selling out? Bandwagon! This is the phoniest fan base in the league. The yell the entire national anthem, and after a goal is scored, but when they're losing, it's as quiet as a tomb at the United Center. They deserve a much lower rating. Like 20th, and that's being kind, for the total bandwagon approach.
Are you kidding me? They literally call the city "Hockey Town"! - Dougedwards36
They have won 4 cups in the past 17 years, good fans had to have something to do with that
There the best makes no sense kinda like liking the capitals
Everyone should know that we may not have the most fans, but we do have the best
Ottawa is between montreal and toronto so give them credit they have a lot of fans who will continue to support their team through the tough rebuild
A good fan base tortured by one of the worst owners of all time. - yayeet
They will have game sellouts when they move their arena
Loudest building I have ever been in
I met a lot of oilers fans in my life there quite a bit of fans I met, I seen quite a bit of fans at rogers place during games too on the highlights or on T.V. - trains45
There is no fanbase with the exception of Toronto and Montreal that would suck for 8 straight years (2 last place finishes) and STILL SELL OUT EVERY NIGHT. Easily one of the best fanbases, and far better than the "business men flames" and the Canucks who jump ship at the first sign of failure.
The Oilers are cool
This rating sucks we need to be first
best fans in the NHL in the famous legendary MSG in new York city
Lets go rangers
1 cup in 75 years and countless playoff heartbreaks and we still continue to come close or sell the place out every year since the 1970s. Lets Go Rangers... New York's #1 hockey team!
Been there through it all. We finally have a team we are proud of. But we were there. I lived through those terrible years. I'm still sitting through the Pirates lean years. I'm still waiting. Fair weather fan? Don't think so buddy. Nobody here gave up on anything. Just the opposite. I (we) patiently waited. How about you pal?
Do you have the patience to ride out this terrible Flyers team of which your comments lead me to believe you're a fan? Will you be at the game next season when they have no shot at the playoffs? I doubt it. You haven't the class.
This Team was ready to move-bags packed due to complete lack of support. Then, they get Crosby and presto, great fans that show up every game. Hmmm, why was their a total lack of support and then they're this loyal devoted fan base-could it be because they're front runners? Yes, that's it!
Haha... Fraud fans. Could not even sellout when they had Mario and Jagr... The city is small also
Yeah no until they got Crosby they were having trouble selling out, nah don't deserve credit
I went to a canucks game and just to hear the fans screaming GO CANUCKS GO! It's crazy. I love it
Yes, the Canucks are some of the most crazy fans. For having two riots vs The Bruins in 2011. Then having one again in 1994 against the Rangers. There some crazy fans. - JustinBieberSucksPoop
They kind of suck but we are still loyal no matter what. GO CANUCKS GO
Long suffering and yet fiercely loyal. Also overwhelmingly neurotic.
Glad to see a sunbelt team this high on the list. USA today just had a great article stating one of the 3 major occurrences in NHL history impacting the league with regard to hockey success in the US was Gretzky going to the Kings in 1988. That fan base has been hugely supportive ever since. There never was a drop off and that is why this fan base HAS to be higher than 15th. It's overall impact on the league is huge! It created all the American born players pouring into hockey instead of other sports, especially in non-traditional cities. The result is players like Austin Matthews going to Toronto and hopefully leading my Maple Leafs back to greatness, or at least relevance. Best fan base, it's the Leafs. But biggest impact was Gretzky to LA.
I think of all the fan bases in the NHL, this one is under the radar screen. For a team that plays in a city with tons of entertainment options, how do they sell out every night? Meanwhile you have some fairly good teams, that don't do that in cities that have nowhere near the entertainment options (Colorado, New Jersey, Carolina, St. Louis...etc. Gretzky was a catalyst but I have always been impressed that Kings fans show up night after night. LA is easily the best, probably the only reason, hockey even exists in places like San Jose and Anaheim, Arizona and Tampa, Florida and Carolina, and the NHL could lose at least 4 of the other sun belt teams and no one would notice. The Kings Fan base are probably the only deserving sun belt team on this list. The Canadian teams are always going to be the most fanatic, and a few mid-west and Northeast teams, but this fan base definitely is the clear best of the non-traditional markets.
This is a very under appreciated fan base. This fan base sells out nightly, has never stopped going to games even when the team was not competitive, and for a west coast team really has a hockey savvy fan base. If you engage Kings fans they'll come back with intelligent conversation, something you won't likely get with most sun belt fan bases. I'd probably put them a little higher -more like 12th, for consistent support and overall fan knowledge. LA is a very good hockey market. I never thought I would say that, being an east coast fan, but they really have a good base. Montreal and Toronto are the best, and then I would say Detroit, Boston and New York, plus the other Canada teams. This is the best sunbelt fan base by far.
Love seeing a west coast team this high. With all the kids coming from California now playing in the NHL, you can thank Gretzky and the Kings fans for the explosion of hockey outside the traditional Canadian and Northeast/Midwestern markets. Without LA succeeding, none of this would have happened, and the game would be the same regional game it was for the first 10 or 70 years. The fact that this team continued to get support even after Gretzky left and prior to the recent run of success gives them the right to be at least in the top 12 or 13 of the NHL fan bases, and that, for a Western team, is pretty impressive. I give them high marks for consistent support.
Well too bad bruins fan. Focuse more on football and less on hockey. Bruins go to hell.
They don't desreve to be in the top ten or top five the canadian teams deserve to be.
The fact that the Bruins are not in the top 5 is an ABSOLUTE JOKE! I am from Boston and as a Bruins fan I am insulted that the Bruins are tanked #26!
Hey man just keep these thoughts to yourself. Cause it doesn't look like your getting anywhere - TheHabsFan
It's one of the worst.
They are literally out of control and ridiculous. At least the whalers, th capitals, the panthers, the lightning, the sabrs, even the flyers have a good fanbase.
I'm live in nashville go to preds games gotta admit fans chant all the and are crazy about there team
Been to quite a few arenas on both sides of the border. Never seen a crowd that has anything on Nashville.
I live in Nashville and they are huge here. The kids wear the Jerseys to school it is everywhere
The Cardinals robbed us of a pre salary cap era Stanley Cup.
Yes St. Louis deserves a Stanley cup since the Rams left the city must be shaken
Why don't we sell out games!
They should be higher!
We are the state of hockey and all the other teams who can't even have outdoor ice in the winter should not even have a NHL hockey team! - Callahan87
The Wild in the State of Hockey has never had a non-sold out game...
No question - better fans in a better arena.
You maybe the state of hockey but canada is the country of hockey.
This truly is a great fan base, and I say this as a Kings fan since 1969. The first expansion franchise to truly make it big-sellout every night-basically since the Kate Smith days-and unlike the so call "Pens Fans", have a real home ice advantage. I've never heard it NOT loud for a Flyers home game-meanwhile you listen to on radio, or watch a Penguins home game, and it's as quiet as a tomb.
By far the craziest and most loyal fan base. These guys bleed orange and black, and has been voted by players as the worst place to play on a visiting team before.
How are they number 9? We have not seen a title in 40 years and yet we are still here, supporting the black and orange. We are passionate about our hockey team.
Title for the Craziest Fans. Seriously they're out of their minds. - PinkLemonade
Which city always has the 3rd highest T.V. ratings after the two teams actually in the stanley cup?
According to Nielson, Buffalo had the second highest percentage (48%) of people watch/attend at least one one the home team's games for the 12-13 season. We came in 22nd, fired our coach, and had Leino on our team. Pittsburgh, the highest percentage (54%) came in second, went to the Eastern Conference Finals, and had Crosby on their team.
I believe I've made my point.
I love them and you should tooo
I love them
Great fan bases don't have victory parades in their parking lot-with 30,000 people showing up, in a tri-state area of over 12 million. Crummy fan base, also a quiet arena that rarely sells out. Rangers=Great fans. Devils=apathy
What! How did the Devils get here!? They are so bad it is not even funny. They are on the NHL top list for relocation. Averaged 13,000 this year and 75% of arena filled bad fanbase
Duh duh duh duuh duh! HEY! YOU SUCK! Hahaha, I love that. I just wish I could go to a game, I live in Europe. :(
Devil is have good dress, solid player and red and white colour.
Vegas fans are not loyal they are uneducated gambling, pawn shop owning idiots.
Bruh this team won the stanley cup and throughout all the years if the pens weren't there this team would have won every time
BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD! should be number one
No just no this is a discrace
WE ARE THE FIFTH LINE - FONZIEjacket61
You've got my support!
I think I am the only one in Sweden that is cheering on CBJ. But I am happy for that!
Horrible fan base, Oakland Seals left and now we have this self-promoting franchise of zero accomplishments. They are not only not the loudest in the NHL, the King fan base is a whole lot louder, and I say this as a Bruin fan. This group should be in the bottom 10!
Are you kidding me?! The Shark Tank is sold out almost every time and they have the loudest fan base. - Ian99
Sell out practically every game with insanely passionate fans. The Tank is always loud and a blast to attend. Beautiful arena, loyal following, great team!
Loudest NHL arena in the nation
We are the best! We love our team and if you ever come to a game you will see the energy level! And this year 2018 we are gonna win the cup! Go Bolts!
Florida is the last place you'd expect a lot of hockey fans. But the Lightning sell out almost every season. - DoroExploro13
I hate this team.
In my oppinion places that don't get snow in winter don't deserve and nhl team.
Diehard fans. After 20 years of futility, anybody that still follows the Isles are top rate fans.
Those who think Carolina has a bad fan base realize this WE won a Stanley Cup something the whalers shouldn't have done and the fact the arena they had could only hold 10-13,000 while the PNC Arena holds about 19,000 and one final note, the whalers had Boston, New York Rangers, Islanders and Sabres, Pens and Flyers so it was hard get loyal fans. GO CANES
Why is Carolina even in the NHL? Does anyone care? Does anyone in North Carolina care about hockey? The answer is, no, they don't. They should move back to Hartford, which does care.
A loyal fan base that has steadily grown. Much louder than it once was. Players like playing there too as the community is very supportive.
This is a rising fan base. Players love playing there, a fan base that continues to grow unlike Florida or Arizona