So it’s now been proven using statistics.
The Montreal Canadiens have the best fans in the NHL.
A guy in Minnesota, a blogger named Derek Felska, decided to see what team has the best NHL fans. He studied average attendance over the past three seasons, fan activity during games, fan activity on message boards and blogs, and the team’s average finish.
Montreal came first, as if there were any doubt. The passion for the Habs is something most other NHL fans can only dream of. They support their team no matter what, are loud during games, and are willing to tell everyone else they are the best.
The Toronto Maple Leafs were number three, and the Detroit Red Wings were second.
The Ottawa Senators were 11th, and the worse Canadian team. That should say something.
There were some surprises. Minnesota was fourth (I think home-town favourtism comes into play here). The San Jose Sharks were 13th, and the Pittsburgh Penguins 14th (both behind the Tampa Bay Lightning). The Anaheim Mighty Ducks were 17th, and the Washington Capitals were ranked behind the Los Angeles Kings. The Boston Bruins were 22 (a real travesty, I think).
The worst team was the New Jersey Devils. The top 10 can be found here, with links on the side to the other 20.