A few years back a couple of good buddies, who are sports nuts, Peter Farrell and Andrew Kulyk, decided to roam the land far and wide to visit every NHL venue (actually every sports venue period) and report on what they found. They judged and ranked the arenas according to a number of categories....
Here's some of the results...
Architecture Concessions and team store Scoreboard and electronics Ushers and game day staff Fan enthusiasm and support Location Retired numbers, banners and history Event presentation Fan comfort and concourses Extra bonus points
#2 - XCEL ENERGY CENTER, ST. PAUL, MINN., MINNESOTA WILD
#14 - TD BANKNORTH GARDEN BOSTON, MASS., BOSTON BRUINS
#28 - ARROWHEAD POND, ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, DUCKS
I think you might be surprised who they chose... #1.
Check out their complete NHL rankings >>> here. If you want to read Peter's and Andrew's complete and in-depth reviews of individual arenas, click on the team logo after you link to the rankings page.