Most Popular NHL Teams
The Top Ten
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.
When ever I hear a Bruins chant in another teams building that all I need to know. Most recently in Washington!
Montreal, really! They have the best diving team in the NHL!
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
Another historic team. According to statistics this is the most popular NHL team in Canada.
Can argue if you like them or not, however, you cannot argue that they are the most popular team.
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.
Their accomplishments through their illustrious history speaks volumes.
Withoit a doubt either the Habs or the Leafs are the most popular team in the NHL. How could it even be the Bruins? Hockey is a Canadian sport! - TheHabsFan
Most historic and classic NHL team. Most Stanley Cups. Hometown team woohoo go habs.
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!
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.
Great team with greatest fans. They need to be back.
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!
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.
Why is this team on here there fans are not loyal at all and there team is a bunch of cry babies. I am from New York and I am saying this.
Ranger fans are the most knowledgeable.
My favourite team is the penguins mostly because Sidney Crosby
Pens are best! The've won more stanley cups than the caps! Their really good.
Legendary owner willing to spend money, legendary captain willing to take less money, good overall talent, solid fan base support, creative gm, players still listening to coach (as of now), but the clock is ticking on the team's top talent on the wrong side of 30, window is closing in 3 years as younger teams continue to improve...
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
They have an amazing history as well as the most stanley cups in america
Amazing Franchise Larkin is going to hoist the cup multiple times Lets GO
In my opinion, the red wings have the best history. They also have the most stanley cups in America. 11 stanley cups! They will get better someday.
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.
Johnathan Toews and Patrick Kane are kinda goated. This team is more respected then the Bruins and the Pens.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Yes, just because the caps don't have the all time sellout record means they shouldn't be in the top 20. - GrapeJuiceK
The Capitals are my life, my bedroom won the Capitals decorating contest (3rd place I believe) and Verizon center had over 117 consecutive sellouts which is an NHL RECORD! And Crosby sucks by the way
Seems only the Finnipegers really like this climate but all the players seem to buy into the team effort.
This should be WAY higher then 25th. Winnipeg has got to be in the top ten.
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.
They have the biggest fan support below Montreal and Quebec
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!
How did this crappy 10th rate team even on the top ten list?
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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.
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.
This is the one and only team west of the Mississippi that should be on this list. At least their fans show up win or lose, and it's been mostly losing again this year. Yet they still sell out every game. Pretty impressive for a warm weather team.
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...
That's really Lanny's mustash in the logo and he was a favorite; maybe Johnny needs one just like it.
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?
A team heading in the right direction
Best team in the world
Most don't know them since their new and in the building stage, but with that recent 15-game win streak, their gettin gmore popular.
They try hard despite the drama.
Senators fan but they suck
Ottawa Senators is the best team in the NHL.
Ottawa would be great if not for the owner
Four straight sell out seasons and record for most consecutive sellouts for a Tampa team.
The best team. Just wish other Lightning fans would get louder at the games.
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
In Sweden we mostly like Buffalo Sabres. They have a certain style that that other teams struggle to copy. Don't know how 98% of the voters failed to notice that...
Typical Boston fan can't spell haha but you see lots of fans at road games. Right now I'm watching them at Nashville and there is mostly sabres fans if you watch them at the panthers you see more sabres fans.
Underrated team nationally. buffalo loves the sabres - we can't get enough here. you can't go out one day and not see someone where buffalo sabres apparel. 6000 fans showed up to the party in the plaza on Easter sunday. id say they're pretty popular.
I'm shocked they are so low on this list! I live in SC and have met buffalo fans here (not many but you can find them). Get NHL center ice every year so I won't miss a game. Can't wait to make the trip for a home game soon!
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
My favorite team. it sucks that they don't have a cup yet but future looks bright
Blues have a cool stadium. My other favorite teams on NHL is Florida Panthers and Arizona Coyotes
Why don't we sell out? What gives?
Quiet arena for a decent team
Hockey in Dallas is great! Awesome fans!
My second favorite team! Go Stars!
They can kiss my ass.
STARS SHOULD BE #1
The GOAT used to be there. Connor McDavid is a god and the team depth is decent and good overall.
This team is popular in my family and people I know, I see lots of people like the oilers
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.
They should move to Quebec, not close to the most popular team in their own state. Good franchise that nobody cares about. Won 3 Stanley Cups and had their celebration in the back of a parking lot
Everybody loves the New Jersey devils in New Jersey. Big rivalry with the New York islanders and rangers
Good Team for all New Jersey Fans
Best logo in the NHL and easily the most underrated franchise.
Go Flyers! We actually like our team (Unlike some people. I'm talking to you Arizona and Florida.). Anyone who likes the Penguins or the Rangers, no. Your teams are bad to us. You may be good at hockey, but we still don't like you. Flyers bleed orange and black, and as long as your a fan, your part of the family. When I go to Flyers games, people are always nice to me. And one things for sure: most of us are NOT nuts. Also, we should be #1. Put on any game where the Flyers are playing in a different city (not Philly, because there everywhere! ) and you will see orange and black jerseys sporting our logo. Bye, fellow Flyers fans, and bye, other guys!
This list is a joke. Every time the flyers are playing on the road the opposing arena has a lot of people in orange rooting for the flyers. So the flyers being number 23 is just ridiculous.
Best fans, and no one else is known as the toughest, broad street bullies
They are the best team in the league
THEYRE THE BEST! THE ARE 4TH IN THE WEST CONFERENCE RIGHT NOW! AND THEIR NAME AND LOGO AND PLAYERS ARE SO COOL! LOOK AT THEIR GOALIE! PEKKA RINNE! HES SECOND IN THE GOALIES! GO PREDATORS!
Young but expending market, great job from the front-office, some of the best players on the ice and a lot of noise in the arena during the playoffs: Let's go PREDATORS!
Best team ever made
But price is first haha - TheHabsFan
Quebec City please.
We love the caneS!
AT QUEBEC CITY
The fan base is unmatched, the team is good, and it has a rich history among expansion teams.
The only hockey team to accomplish 19 consecutive playoffs series wins and to win 4 Stanley Cups after 8 years of being an expansion team. They are also the last sports franchise to win 4 straight titles. Long live the dynasty!
4 straight cups, 19 straight series wins, the greatest coach ever, the best player in hockey, enough said
Very underrated team with a passionate fan base that seems to get a bad rep.
This list is a joke Anaheim, Dallas and Tampa Bay are in the top 15 and the Wild are 47...enough said, this list is whack. All three of those teams are in the bottom in attendance and local television ratings. You people are idiots, must be NBA writers posting this crap
HOW IN THE BLOODY MOTHER OF GOD IS THIS BELOW THE damn PANTHERS?!?!? this state is known for hockey. How is florida above? florida doesn't even get snow in winter like the northern states and canada do. Why? These must be Some NBA or NFL fans putting the crappy stupid states known as florida above minnesota? That must be. It is stupid. How many people in florida have even heard of hockey? The only thing worse is someone putting the kings number 1. god that make me so angry as hulk. It is stupid and dumb. What the living hell is next?
The wild should definitely be in the top five. People in Minnesota eat, sleep and breath hockey and most of your top five only have as many fans as they do because they have recently won the cup
Wow I mean Minnesota is the STATE OF HOCKEY how is it not in the top ten. People these days vote for the really popular states like New York and Tampa bay.
A team that you just cannot hate.They keep winning and defying all odds.
Um, are you guys serious?!?! They're an expansion team that broke countless records in their inaugural season, including making it to the Stanley Cup finals. They have one of the best goalies in the league. They are Nevada's only professional sports team. They should be much, much higher on this list. Go Knights Go!
This is Nevada's only professional sport, attracted a flock of eager and passionate sports fans. So how could this be ranked so low?
This team is the most recently created hockey, how could they be the 28th!?!?
Not a team anymore
This team will not be back
We will be back.
Pay more attention to your jacksonville jaguars tampa bay buccaneers and miami dolphins and less on hockey. Habs rock. Oilers are better than the panthers. Also their arena is in miami dude. I wish I watched the game where the flames beat the panthers 6-0. Hah that is payback for what another stupid Florida team did to us back in 04.
I wish I could report people on the list that like this team for being so stupid.
I can't believe there are some retards that like this team. What about up in canada where hockey has held strong roots at? hockey was invented in canada on a frozen field or lake not in an air conditioned dome in florida.
Why do so many people hate this team
Hockey does not belong in arizona florida california or georgia.
I think you mean Arizona Coyotes - TheHabsFan
There's potential there now that the rut is fading.
Should be moved to Quebec where they will actually be appreciated.
The logo shines as did the team.
They don't exist anymore.
I live in Connecticut so let's go Walers
We need to have a fishing expedition.
Hurricanes are forever Whalers.
:P :) Pucks are not for Ducks.
They changed their name into red wings.
Same as Red Wings.
This is an mlb team not an nhl team
It's the penguins
A shame not in the League. Would be another big Canadian club, like the Habs-Leafs, especially if they never would have folded.
Who are they
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!
We may be small in number, but we play extremely well considering we have a small fan base and that all games for us are basically away games because more fans in the stadiums are of the away team
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.
I like Colorado avalanche because they are my favorite team
the Avs have awesome players like duchane
I am from Colorado!
A young, exciting team with huge potential, and couple of hall of famers running the team. The Avs are gonna be a consistent threat in the NHL for years to come.
Same as Calgary...
Thank god atlanta doesen't have two teams like florida. or even worse three like california.