Most Popular NHL Teams


The Top Ten

1 Quebec Nordiques

Best fan base ever, will be back very soon

When a team gone since 21 years is more popular than some existing franchises, it certainly means something.

More popular than half the current NHL teams and they have been gone 21 years. It says it all.

As a Habs fan I still wish that they'll come back one day.

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2 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins The Pittsburgh Penguins are an American professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that competes in the National Hockey League.

Look at them now, Sid, Geno, with the most reliable defense in the entire Nhl. Can't wait for the playoffs. Oh I forgot to mention Fleury on his outstanding performance this season.

This is embarrassing. The penguins are number one. They've been here since 1972 only. Canadiens, Bruins, Rangers, Blackhawks, Red Wings and Maple Leafs have been here for way longer. There for they are more well known then Sid the kid and his team - TheHabsFan

I believe the penguins have been the most prestigious team in the NHL. All the people who call Crosby a crybaby is because they are jealous.

I HATE WATCHING HOCKEY IT'S SO BORING BUT,this is my favorite team

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3 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins compete in the National Hockey League as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division.

We are just getting started if you look at the core players so we will be fighting for the top prize for years to come and hopefully we can be as successful as it appears.. Great loyalty, great team prestige and great history.. What more to ask for?

Bruins traded skinny for muscles, they traded high tops for skates, they traded party's for games, they traded their social life for HOCKEY they will never ever trade HOCKEY for anything. It's as simple as this hockey and the Boston Bruins are thief life's.

The bruins are the best no doubt about it, even if there is a lot of hate on the b's, everybody knows the bruins are one of the best nhl teams

Bruins are the best team in the world

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4 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens The Montreal Canadiens are a Canadian professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, that competes in the National Hockey League.

Since 1969 1970. Visited the Forum at Atwater and I recall the 2 crossed hockey sticks as escalators. Ushers great, service, great and sitting in all sections, red, white and on top, the blues. Guy! Guy! Guy! Robinson, Gainey, Roy, etc. Different era, but the Forum was and is greatest arena in hockey. 250 games in many cities, But the City of Montreal rocks!

All this are just about opinions, but for me there is no others teams than Montreal Canadiens. When I saw at some games that the Canadiens is visitor, the crowd is making more noise when The Canadiens scored than the home team scored, I'm thinking that I'm not the only one is loving it.

Montreal Canadiens have always been my favourite team, I have been a follower since forever and am proud to say I saw them when they were only one of 6 and the thrill of watching them play in the MTL. Forum was something I shall never forget, they will always be number 1 with me.


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5 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks are a team with a rich history. I grew up with this team from the 90s til 2011 when I stopped growing up and became an adult. This team with the six cups is not alone what makes them a well known team. They are actually a very symbolic team. Seriously go to OKC ask people what hockey teams they know about and of the teams said the most will be Blackhawks. A symbolic team with a great fan base(in 99-00) we were still selling out games. We did so in a declining number. We had the incredible White Sox or the Bulls while laughing at the Cubs.(I like the Sox and Cubs). We also have made many historical achievements on and off the ice, and this original six club was held back by a owner who uses Chicago as a bad player stock for the also owned Red Wings. Also the rivalries. We are the Blackhawks. This team will forever hold a place in my heart and every hockey fans, as haters are just confused admirers.

Original 6 team, new (and finally competent) ownership, exciting and young core both offensively and defensively, and the best uniforms in sports. Commit to the Indian!

One of the teams to make Hockey big in America. The United Center has been sold out for nearly 200 games now and if that doesn't say something about popularity I don't know what does.

Probably one of the only american teams I like.

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6 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League and are one of the Original Six teams of the league.

Original 6. Most successful US based franchise with 11 cups and over 20 finals appearances. Revolutionized the pro game in the 90s with the Russian Five lineups. Slightly fallen off the last few years but still 22 consecutive playoff berths and counting.

Large fan base. Every road game you seen tons of Red Wings Jerseys everywhere.

Go wings! Nhl giving Tampa Bay game 7.

You're welcome!

Red wings are 2 favrote

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7 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs The Toronto Maple Leafs are a Canadian professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario, that competes in the National Hockey League.

Despite the fact the Leafs haven't had a great team in a very long time, the fan base is probably the largest and most loyal in the NHL. With the Air Canada Centre sold out every night, along with the fact you basically have to inherit season tickets, there is no doubt the Leafs have one of the largest, if not the largest fan base in the entire NHL. The revenue from Leafs merchandise is also a serious indicator of the amount of fans. If you know NHL then you know the Leafs are one of if not the biggest teams in terms of fan base.

I think that they are a very popular team and have a great fan base. The fact that the fans cheer them on so well gives them an advantage when their home. I'm not saying their the Blue Jays because fans travel everywhere with them but the point is that in the future the fans and the team will go a long way.

No other team has been put through the ringer more often than the Leafs. The fact that the team is still the most profitable and still sells out almost every night should tell you that they are # 1!

there best

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8 New York Rangers New York Rangers

A team whos fans hold them accountable for their performance, yet always have their support. New York is a city of hard working people who expect results. Results don't always come in the form of a win, but when a team plays their heart out. This is what the fans love and why they rely on the Rangers to be their passion and obsession!

You go to Madison Square Garden and you hear nothing but chants!

Everywhere I go in the US I always see Rangers fans wearing their colors. Can't say that for ANY other team in any sport except the Yankees. I used to see the "B" hats (Red Sox) everywhere (in the NorthEast) but as soon as I left the area, their fandom died with it. Today two kids at a trampoline place in NC approached me (I was wearing my Rangers T-shirt) to tell me how the Rangers rule. That is one of the many reasons Rangers fans are the best.

They are the most valuable team in the NHL they cost a lot of money.

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9 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.

A blue collar team that actually draws hard core blue collar fans, yes, they do exist in Southern California, and this is the team that they support. The only team that never wants, especially the fans, any support from Hollywood. It's the same 18,000 plus night after night, dressed in black, and they show up if the visiting team is Ottawa, Florida or Carolina. Does not matter if the Kings have lost 10 in a row, they still pack them in. The reason, because this is the hardest working team in the NHL, the team that never quits playing, and hits like the old Bruins of 40 years ago. The only Northeast team that plays in the west. They've captured fans around the country that appreciate old school hockey. If you like defense and hard work, this is your team.

The hardest working team in hockey-with a Northeastern blue collar mentality-oh Dean Lombardi is from Massachusetts-and the management in many cases is Northeastern-they've brought that toughness with them-even the fan base is way more blue collar than any other So Cal fan base-many-like me-have parents from the mid-west or north-east or Canada-and it's why the Staples Center is so loud-great atmosphere-top flight organization-and as a native southern Californian living in Massachusetts-it's great to see the team succeed and be the one exception of all the sun belt franchises-one that has great fans-170+ straight sellouts and plays hard nosed old school hockey.

Thankfully the Kings are in the top 10, AS THEY SHOULD BE! 5 straight years of sellouts, one of the top sellers of merchandise and number one on Social Media. All this and they play in a market that has the Lakers. Great to see the Kings getting the recognition they deserve. Plus they have started acquiring fans outside LA due to their blue collar play and defensive minded hockey, something sorely lacking from most of the league which now emphasizes offense...

The Kings, as the lone western team, should be higher up. Not only have they sold out every game since 2012, this team is responsible for every sun belt city in the NHL even having a team, and they have fans around the country, unlike any other sun belt team. Pittsburgh, was ready to move, until they got good again but once they start losing, they'll start hearing the rumors of moving, again. Why not send Florida to Quebec, and you solve two problems at once. A) you get Quebec a team again and B) you get rid of a market that could care less about hockey...

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10 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.

Happy this is above the stupid kings. I will always love this team no matter how bad or how good they are. I don't care if they are the worst or second worst I will always have faith in this team.

A new and fresh vision from non-alumni should be able to put the on ice talent to good use. Acquiring a strong defensive guard could see the Oilers return to the glory days of the 80's.

Love the Oilers, yes are really bad but hoping they'll get back into winning soon

The edmonton oilers of the 80's are one of the greatest dynasties in the nhl. Since they drafted Connor Mcdavid they will be headed back to the top!

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The Contenders

11 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.

You think, how the heck does Northern California get an NHL team? They had one back in the 70s with the California Seals, but that went about as well as hockey in Atlanta. Fast forward to the early 90s and Gordon Gund, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers decides to put a team in the southern Bay Area. The next thing you know, the San Jose Sharks are filling the Shark Tank night after night. Sure the first few years weren't that great, but that's what you get with an expansion team. Next thing you know, they made the playoffs 10 straight years thatonly rivals the Detroit Red Wings. Sure they have a reputation as a playoff choke, but there's no denying the fan base is rabid for a Stanley Cup. Add to the fact that they have a pretty good three-way rivalry with the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a great team like the San Jose Sharks. - KStah34

The San Jose Sharks has the most electrifying fan base! It gets incredibly loud at the shark tank and there all rooting for team that went to the playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons! One of the best hockey teams of all time with great rivalries. Go Sharks!

Sharks have been around for 25 years and have accomplished more than some teams that have been around longer. Definitely one of the best teams in the NHL.

This team is amazing. One of my favorite teams

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12 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning

Phony fan base, average fan knows nothing about hockey, arena filled with fans of other teams. I attended a playoff game against the Pens the year the Bruins won the cup, and the Pittsburgh fans were way louder than the Tampa "fans". This team should move to Quebec where they will be appreciated.

While the same can't really be said about the Rays or the Buccaneers, it is hard to find someone living in the Tampa Bay area who is not a bolts fan

Tons of fans, city supports them very well especially during playoff time

Screw this team. GO HABS GO! the habs are awesome but the lightning are just hideous. They have a logo making it look like the flash or Sheldon Cooper's bazinga. Exept different colour and stuff. And also screw the bruins they suck too.

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13 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals

Caps fans are completely underrated. They pack the Verizon Center every game, and they show up to plenty of road games. Washington is one of the best hockey towns in this country, and I don't care what anyone says. LET'S GO CAPS!

Just so you know-117 sellouts in a row is not an NHL record-the Kings right now are at 170-and the Wild have sold out every game forever-Montreal same thing-and I could go on and on-this a reason why the CAPS should not be in the top 20.

I live in Virginia and the ONLY (repeat: ONLY) NHL teams that people like here are the Penguins and the Caps. And there are 10 or 20 Caps fans for every Penguins fan. GO CAPS!

The Capitals are THE BEST. They might have not been as strong last season, but this season (2015-2016) they are ROCKING IT! GO CAPS! #ROCKTHERED THEY ARE THE BEAST!

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14 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks The Vancouver Canucks are an ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.

They boast the support of an immensely passionate fanbase, as evidenced by the numerous Canucks jerseys visible during their road games. They've also have consistently been in the standings' upper tier for the last several reasons; all that remains is for them to at last claim the Stanley Cup.

The level to which these guys participate in and give back to their community is unparalleled. Few if any teams in any sport place the community demands on their players that the Canucks do. Classy organization.

Best team ever tim thomas sucks while the canucks are 1 in the league
They have the sedin twins and all the other awesome players while the other teams
Are drooling behind go canucks go

No they are not this team is tarable

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15 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks and their fans are a joke-in case anyone did not watch the playoff series with the Kings-at least a quarter of the fans were Kings fans-and they were louder than the 3/4 Ducks fans-plus there were virtually zero Duck fans in LA-so not surprising the Kings-a tougher, grittier team-and fan base-won the series. Duck fans are the Devils fans of the west.

If you don't like Anaheim well then... Duck You! The fans here are die hard unlike the Kings who only come around when they make the playoffs!

Really? Ducks? They rarely sellout unless the Kings or a traditional power from the East are playing. The Kings sellout nearly every game.. That's a fact.

They rock they even have there on hockey team

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16 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues The St. Louis Blues are a professional ice hockey team in St. Louis, Missouri. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.

I am a blues fan and I believe that the fans will alway be there clapping,screaming and yelling LETS GO BLUES. and how much they changed evan if we lost that game we will be proud of the players. if I was a hl team I would count to be the blue because are light will never die. I believe that the blues fans are the best

I've traveled extensively, and I find that what hockey means to St. Louis is somthing most markets can not understand. Not just their beloved Blues, but the ever growing youth programs there. Save for maybe Detroit and parts of the northeast you really see nothing else like it south of the boarder.
For a city that has never seen the Cup. The fans in the region could not be more enthusiastic for their team. Some places, such as Winnipeg, Portland(whl), St. Louis, just don't don't get the respect they've earned as great hockey markets.
p.s. Nashville is still new to the sport, but is well on the way to becoming a solid market.

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17 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars The Dallas Stars are a professional ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.

They can kiss my ass.



Hockey is not their game for crying out loud. Dallas is not for hockey. Hockey is for canada not those stars panthers lightning if their was a list of most embarrasing nhl teams panthers or lightning would make it in #1 spot. Stars would either be #1 #2 or #3. Why are their dallas florida anaheim san jose los angeles and maybe more. Their are as much if not more nhl teams in the southern united states than in all of canada. Their are reasons you should only focus on canada's teams and quit ignoring them. Here are my reasons why canadian teams should only be focused on.
#1 It was invented in canada.
#2 a canadian team has not won since 1993.
#3 Montreal was the only canadian team to make it to the playoffs in like maybe 2014-15.
#4 no canadian teams made the playoffs this year.
#5 their are more teams in the southern united states than in all of canada.
#6 Gary Bettman keeps on disrespecting them.
#7 If it were not for montreal the nhl would not exist. It was ...more

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18 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Flames are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.

Even though the aren't doing great this season, Calgary is arguably one of the most fan supported teams in the NHL. The hockey world is huge in Calgary, and the flames definitely should be in the top 3 in this list. Go flames go!

Flames fans hold it down for their team doesn't matter if we last In division or in playoffs we have the best fans in nhl after the Jets

They use their name as an excuse for Pyrotechnics. How could I not love them?

Fanbase is very passionate about their team

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19 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets The Winnipeg Jets are a professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.

Wow... They should be in the top ten no doubt. Jets fans are some of the best I'm aware of. From a die-hard New York Rangers fan.

This should be WAY higher then 25th. Winnipeg has got to be in the top ten.

How are sunbelt teams above?

Bring back Nordiques

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20 Phoenix Coyotes

Hockey does not belong in arizona florida california or georgia.

I think you mean Arizona Coyotes - TheHabsFan

Should be moved to Quebec where they will actually be appreciated.

they suck

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