Cities That Should Have An NHL Team


The Top Ten

1 Houston

4th largest city in America should have an NHL team. They will be successful more than people think. Houston is a Large city with LOTS of people. 2.2 Million in the main proper area and you just need 10 percent of that population to support them. That is a great number! Bring on the brand new NHL Texas rivalry! It will sell! Is also the right fit for the Central Division. Move the Coyotes there and they will make money again!

Houston deserves an NHL Team and would create an awesome rivalry with the Dallas Stars. Plus Houston is the 4th Largest City in the United States and Toyota Center is a suitable arena for Hockey.

Best fit overall for a NHL franchise. 4th largest media market in US, huge corporate presence, many northern transplants, instant rivalry with Dallas, and it balances the league with 16 teams in each conference. We have a NHL-ready arena in downtown Houston with an owner that will spend to keep the team competitive. It really is a no-brainer.

Not a bad idea

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2 Quebec City Quebec City

Hockey mecca should have an NHL team. Period.

Yes! Quebec needs another team!

I bet the Canadiens and Nordiques rivalry will be back one day GO HABS GO!

Nordiques for the win! They have the Centre videoéotron, now they just need the team!

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3 Seattle Seattle Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington.

The NHL arena in the Seattle metro area should be build in Tacoma instead of Seattle to be called Tacoma Taks or Tacoma something else. Not all major professional sports teams in Washington State need to be in the City of Seattle, maybe just 2 in Seattle, which are MLB Baseball to be called the Rainiers or emeralds in stead of Mariners and NBA Basketball team to be called the Seahawks instead of Sonics. I wish the Seahawks were the name of an NBA franchise instead of NFL that wished established 3 decades earlier. The NFL Football team should be called Pasco Sonics and professional Soccer should be called Spokane Timbers or Tacoma Sounders. Smaller cities like to have a team or 2 as well.

They should be called Tacoma Totems, not the location name Seattle. The location name should be Tacoma, which is in the Seattle MSA. Major professional sports teams in Washington State doesn't need to all be in the City of Seattle, only 1 or 2 should be there, which are baseball and possibly NBA. Rainiers baseball and Seahawks basketball are perfect for Seattle. Tacoma is perfect for NHL and possibly soccer. Boise and Pasco are perfect for NFL.

Seattle needs a team. They are a good choice since the Western Conference has less teams than the East. Seattle also has a good fan base, as proven by the Seahawks. Plus, the KeyArena is being renovated, which is convenient.

Not to worry, according to Vince, you are going to get an xfl team...happy days.

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4 Regina

We deserve to have a team, Ontario has 2 teams, so Does Alberta, Winnipeg has a team now, we are the only prairie team without.

That's because they have a higher population than Saskatchewan

5 Kansas City

Because they don't even have a basketball team. Kansas wants as much teams as Boston does. It also makes the state more popular. That is why kanas should have a hockey team.


I live in STL, but I am a Royals fan, a Chiefs fan, a SKC fan, it would be really cool if I could see KC get an NHL team, they also used to have an NHL team, but it moved and became the New Jersey Devils, also, hockey interest is firing up over there. That's why they should have an NHL team.

6 Saskatoon

That would be great

7 Hamilton Hamilton
8 Markham
9 Milwaukee
10 Charlotte

The only way this is going to happen is the Hurricanes relocating to Charlotte. And based on the Islanders situation with Barclays Center, it's not going to happen anytime soon since the Spectrum Center was designed for NBA basketball and not for NHL hockey. But I still think it should happen since Raleigh is more of a college sports market than a pro sports market.

When I look at the City of Charlotte, it’s obviously a larger city than what the City of Raleigh is. When you compare the major Pro-Sports Teams of the “BIG 4” in Charlotte and the major Pro-Sports Teams of the “BIG 4” in Raleigh, Charlotte has 2 of them which are the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL) and the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Raleigh only has the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). I could see Charlotte getting an NHL team along with an MLB team just because they already have 2 Pro-Sports Teams already there. I could see Raleigh investing money for an NFL, MLB, and NBA team, but Raleigh and the rest of the Research Triangle Area is mainly known for their College Sports Teams rather than Pro-Sports Teams and it’d be hard to take that College fan population away by adding Pro-Sports Teams there. If Charlotte were to get an NHL team, there could easily be a developing rivalry with the ...more

The Contenders

11 Tacoma, WA

Bring an NHL team in Tacoma, not Seattle. It should most likely to be called Tacoma Totems, location should be Tacoma instead of Seattle, which is just about 30 miles south on Interstate 5, it's in the Seattle metro census. Renovated KeyArena should be a basketball specific and basketball only venue. The NHL arena should be built in Tacoma instead of Seattle because the City of Seattle already has 3 other major professional sports teams, which are the Mariners, Seahawks and Sounders. They should only have 2 pro sports, which are baseball and basketball. The rest should be in one of the smaller cities in the state or perhaps the Pacific Northwest.

Hockey fans and fans of all other sports in Washington State, especially in the Seattle area should vote for the City of Tacoma instead of the City of Seattle to likely to be called the Totems.

Tacoma Totems! NOT Seattle Totems!

Vote for the City of Tacoma, NOT Seattle. Seattle is okay with NHL but the arena and team location name should be Tacoma, which is in the Seattle metro census group. They should be called Tacoma Totems.

Same market as Seattle.

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12 Victoria
13 Cleveland
14 Halifax

Halifax or St.Johns really deserves a team because they have such a large population and the closest NHL team to them is Montreal or New York. A team in this area could attract serious fans and have a great atmosphere.

Please bring NHL to Halifax it would be the best please. Great people and great hockey

15 Atlanta

When I look at the City of Atlanta’s other 3 of the 4 main major Pro"Sports Teams (the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Braves, and Atlanta Hawks), I feel that the City of Atlanta could easily support an NHL Hockey Team, especially after a MLS Soccer got expanded there in 2017 (Atlanta United F.C.). The Falcons have been the best Atlanta Pro"Sports Team so far in the last 5 years since they made Super Bowl 51 in the 2016"2017 NFL Football Season and should’ve won it instead Tom Brady and the New England Patriots scoring 31 UNANSWERED points to win with a score of (34"28) in overtime (OT). The Atlanta Hawks have been pretty good in the last 10 years as well, except for this season (2017"2018 NBA Basketball Season). The last time they missed the playoffs was in the 2006"2007 NBA Basketball Season, so they’ve been pretty successful in the last decade, just not this season which will end their 10"year streak of making the playoffs. The Braves haven’t been that great at all ...more

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17 Cincinnati

I would love to see this happen, but Cincinnati already has a minor league hockey team called the cyclones. - OhioStateBuckeyes

18 Moscow

In Russia?


19 Hartford

Bring back the Whalers. Please.

Hartford would support.

20 New Orleans
21 Houston, TX
22 Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,872 and more than 6 million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2016. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor more.

They could use one.

Don't they have the Flyers there? - creed99

They already have one


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23 Baltimore, Maryland

When I look at, I feel that the City of Baltimore (in my opinion) needs BOTH a NHL Hockey Team and a NBA Basketball Team just because they’d be a MAIN rival to the other 2 Washington, D.C. Pro"Sports Teams (Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards). Baltimore only has 2 of the 4 main major Pro"Sports Teams (Baltimore Ravens of the NFL and the Baltimore Orioles of the MLB). Baltimore is NOT the same as Washington, D.C. and they do NOT have a local NHL Hockey Team OR a local NBA Basketball Team because Washington, D.C. is a good 35"50 miles from Baltimore depending on which parts you’re coming from and/or going to. Since I live right between the Cities of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., I feel that the residents of the Baltimore Metropolitan Area could support a NHL Hockey Team because they always support the Orioles and the Ravens no matter how good they are each season and it shows how much the fans love and care for their Ravens and Orioles. It should be NO different with ...more

24 St. Johns
25 Winnipeg

Winnipeg got there wish already

What? Winnipeg have a NHL team now!

26 Melbourne

What the heck that's in Australia

Yes hockey is big in Australia

27 Sarnia
28 Anchorage
29 Grand Forks
30 Fort Wayne, IN

The Komets sell out a dozen games and the coliseum holds 11,000 people. Why not?

31 Louisville

They already have a suitable arena (KFC Yum! Center). I'm sure the Cardinals would support some hockey when the basketball team isn't in town. Rivalries would include Nashville, St. Louis, and possible Columbus

32 Oakland Oakland
33 Norfolk, VA
34 Allentown

Hardcore hockey fan belt of PA they need at least a minor league team

Suburban Pennsylvania City

35 Las Vegas Las Vegas Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County.

I just found out they're getting a team in 2017. I think they should be called the "Spades". - creed99

They already have one.

36 Alberta Alberta
37 Windsor
38 London London London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south eastern part of the island of Great Britain, London has been a major settlement for two millennia.
39 Saint John
40 Fredericton
41 Grand Rapids
42 Thunder Bay
43 Portland, OR Portland, OR Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is a major port in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

Portland is a hardcore sports city. They mass support the Blazers, Ducks, Winterhawks, and Timbers. They have a good enough arena in the Moba Center and if Seattle can't get their arena situation figured out, why not here?

44 Grande Prairie Alberta
45 Memphis, Tennessee
46 San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California.
47 Richmond Hill
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