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The best NHL arenas are those top venues across the United States and Canada where millions of hockey fans flock to cheer on their favorite teams each year. From those with rich history, like Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Rangers, to the newest arenas in the National Hockey League, like the Consol Energy Center, opened in 2010 for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and every arena in between, this list of NHL arenas settles once and for just which are the best arenas the NHL has to offer.

Those looking for a great fan experience might choose older arenas with more charm, such as Rexall Place, home to the Edmonton Oilers, or Joe Louis Arena, where the Detroit Red Wings play. Others might want the amenities of modern arenas such as the Prudential Center, home ice for the New Jersey Devils, or the MTS Center, where the NHL's newest (returning) franchise, the Winnipeg Jets, resides.

Others might look for what else the arena offers besides the game itself. Carolina Hurricanes fans can find tailgate food at PNC Arena. Few can pass up the yummy buffalo wings at the First Niagara Center when watching the Buffalo Sabres. Looking for a cheap beer? The Pepsi Center, home to the Colorado Avalanche, has the cheapest around per ounce at just $6.25 for a 24 ounce brew.

Any hockey fan will tell you their home arena is the best place to catch an NHL game and take in that fan spirit in the air but for one reason or another, these arenas are loved by fans around the league as above and beyond the rest. Vote up your favorite NHL arena below to determine the coolest NHL arenas, then head over and select the best NFL stadiums and best MLB ballparks too!
Bell Centre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NHL Arenas
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Bell Centre


Montreal Canadiens

The Bell Centre, formerly known as the Molson Centre or Le Centre Molson, is a sports and entertainment complex in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It opened on March 16, 1996 after nearly three years under construction. It is best known as the home of the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens ice ...more

Located In: Montreal , Canada

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Xcel Energy Center is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NHL Arenas
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Xcel Energy Center


Minnesota Wild

The Xcel Energy Center is a multi-purpose arena, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is named for its locally based corporate sponsor Xcel Energy. With an official capacity of 17,954, the arena has four spectator levels: one suite level and three general seating levels. The arena is owned by the ...more

Located In: Saint Paul

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Air Canada Centre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NHL Arenas
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Air Canada Centre


The Air Canada Centre is a multi-purpose indoor sporting arena located on Bay Street in the South Core district of Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League, the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association, and the Toronto ...more

Located In: Bay Street , Canada , Toronto , Ontario

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Madison Square Garden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NHL Arenas
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Madison Square Garden


New York Rangers

Madison Square Garden — sometimes called MSG or The Garden — is an American multi-purpose indoor arena in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York. Located between Seventh and Eighth Avenues from 31st to 33rd Streets, it is situated atop Pennsylvania Station. It is the fourth venue to bear the ...more

Located In: Manhattan , United States of America

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#1 on The Best NBA Arenas

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