Hockey's Sixth Man

Hockey fans are some of the most detected and passionate fans in pro athletics, traveling with the team to their away games just to see their favorite stars play. When you watch or attend a hockey game, you will see the opposing team's fans decked out in all of their teams apparel. However, which team has the best/biggest fan base out there? These are in no particular order;

  • Toronto Maple Leafs: Even though the Leafs have not won the Cup since 1967, the fans are just as strong as if they had won the up this past season. It is not uncommon to see quite a few fans when the Boys in Blue are on the road. At the Winter Classic I feel like there were more Leafs fans than Wings fans. It was essentially a Sea of Blue.

    As crazy as it may sound, these fans are some of the nicest fans around, either its due to the fact that they know their team is the best team out there, or it's just the Canadian hospitality.

    Regardless, these fans are crazy about their Leafs. Go Leafs Go!
  • Chicago Blackhawks: The Blackhawks' fans are a crazy bunch. You will see them at every away game. This could be due to the fact that the Hawks have won the cup twice in the five years. Can you say bandwagon? 

    No but really, you have to give the Hawks credit, they are one of the best teams in the league with some of the best players in the league. No wonder the fans are crazy about them. Who wouldn't be though when your team has superstars like Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews? The Hawks have a long winning history and with a long winning history come a long line of hardcore loyal fans.

    If it wasn't for strong fan support, the Hawks probably would not have one of the best records in the league.

  • Detroit Red Wings: It's no doubt that the Red Wings have one of the best fan bases in all of sports. With some of hockey's greatest players playing for the "Winged Wheel," there is no question that when you ask a question about Detroit Hockey, names like; Gordie Howe, Nick Lidstrom, Steve Yzerman, or Pavel Datsyuk will come up.

    These fans are probably some of the craziest in sports. It is very common to see an octopus be thrown out onto the ice during a huge Wings game. 

    The tradition dates back to the 1952 playoffs when an octopus was thrown onto the ice, the eight legs representing the number of playoff wins the Wings needed in order to hoist the Cup.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: This one just squeezed in there, essentially it's not so much the Penguins that have such a huge fan base, it's their star captain, Sidney Crosby. Yes, Crosby is a player not a team, however with some many people liking Crosby, mainly young teenage girls, it is only fitting that the Penguins make it to the list. 

    The Penguins fan base is mainly a home-set fan base, meaning there aren't many who travel with the team. This however can be contradictory since Sid has such a large "puck bunny" fan base, there will typically be a handful of people sporting Crosby apparel at away games. 

    Most hockey fans can agree, most of Crosby's fans don't know a poke-check from a cross-check. Basically this one is in here for skips and giggles.

  • Philadelphia Flyers: Like the Leafs, the Flyers have not won the Cup since 1975. This does not stop the Flyers faithful from supporting the boys in Orange and Black 

    At any Flyers away game, it is highly uncommon not to see at least a quarter of the total fans in the arena wearing some sort of Philly gear. I was at a Wings/Flyers game in Detroit a few years back and I'm not kidding when I say that half of the Joe was orange and the other half red. The Flyers have such a strong fan base. 

    These fans go through so much with this team it's ridiculous. This however does not stop them from cheering loud and proud at every game. Let's Go Flyers!

You can agree or disagree with the list as much as you want. Regardless, I'm pretty sure you can agree that at least two or three of the teams mentioned above have a solid fan base.

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