Cities That Should Have An NHL Team


The Top Ten

1 Houston Houston Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 2.312 million in 2017. It is the most populous city in the Southern United States and on the Gulf Coast of the United States.

4th largest city at nearly 3 million people
2nd most Fortune 500 companies after NYC
upwards of 5 to 6 million in the metro Houston area
fifth largest T.V. market.
Rivalry with Dallas
balances the teams in the league in the divisions

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!

Not a bad idea

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.

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2 Quebec City Quebec City

Yes! Quebec needs another team!

Hockey mecca should have an NHL team. Period.

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

During the temporary slump of the HABs we have been seen wearing NORDIQUE caps..

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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.

They will in the 2021 2022 season

Can't wait for 2021-2022 to see the new nhl team in seattle

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4 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.

The City of Seattle is a bad idea for NHL, it's also a bad idea for NFL and SOCCER but perfect for BASEBALL and NBA. They have several teams already. They should only have Rainiers baseball instead of being called the Mariners and Seahawks basketball instead of being called the Sonics, yes, I mean Seahawks basketball instead of having them be the name of our NFL team. Tacoma needs Totems hockey and Sounders FC soccer. The NFL locations in the Pacific Northwest should be one in Boise and one in Salem, these cities can also have soccer but not hockey. Seattle and Portland should have only BASEBALL and NBA. Pacific Northwest, which are Washington, Oregon and Idaho with up to 10 major professional sports teams, including 2 BASEBALL, NBA and NFL teams, 3 SOCCER teams and only one NHL, the NHL should be belong in Tacoma to be called Tacoma Totems, NOT Seattle Totems.

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.

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5 Saskatoon

That would be great

6 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

7 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.

8 Hamilton Hamilton
9 Hartford

Hartford would support.

Bring back the Whalers. Please.

10 Milwaukee

The Newcomers

? Mississauga Mississauga Mississauga is the sixth largest city in Canada. Situated in Southern Ontario, it lies on the shores of Lake Ontario, located in the Regional Municipality of Peel, in the central part of the Greater Toronto Area, to the west of Toronto.

The Contenders

11 Markham
12 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

13 Cleveland Cleveland
14 Victoria
15 San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is a city in, and the cultural, commercial, and financial center of, Northern California.
16 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

17 Orlando, FL
18 Atlanta Atlanta Atlanta is the capital and most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia. With an estimated 2017 population of 486,290, it is also the 38th most-populous city in the United States.

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

19 Miami, FL Miami, FL Miami, officially the City of Miami, is the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida. Miami is the seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida.

They already have an NHL team the Florida Panthers

20 Aurora
21 San Diego San Diego
22 Cincinnati

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

23 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?

24 Moscow


In Russia?

25 New Orleans
26 Houston, TX Houston, TX Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 2.312 million in 2017. It is the most populous city in the Southern United States and on the Gulf Coast of the United States.
27 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 already have one

They could use one.

Don't they have the Flyers there? - creed99

Uh... A real one.

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28 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

29 Salt Lake City, UT Salt Lake City, UT
30 St. Johns
31 Winnipeg

Winnipeg got there wish already

What? Winnipeg have a NHL team now!

32 Melbourne

Yes hockey is big in Australia

What the heck that's in Australia

33 Anchorage
34 Sarnia
35 Grand Forks
36 Fort Wayne, IN

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

37 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

38 Grande Prairie Alberta

It would be cool if they had an nhl team - trains45

39 Memphis, Tennessee
40 Oakland Oakland Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. A major West Coast port city, Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, the third largest city overall in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth most populated city in more.
41 Norfolk, VA
42 Allentown

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

Suburban Pennsylvania City

43 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.

They already have one.

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

44 Alberta Alberta
45 Windsor
46 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.
47 Saint John
48 Fredericton
49 Grand Rapids
50 Thunder Bay
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