This doesn’t include arenas I’ve already been to (Anaheim, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Philadelphia)
1. Bell Centre (Montreal)
The biggest active arena in the NHL is consistently ranked near the top in polls for best arena in the league. The crowd is always amped whether it’s preseason or game 7 of the Stanley Cup. The storied history with all the Cup banners and retired numbers (not to mention the ghosts that may or may not have made the trip across the street) just oozes hockey mecca. And I’d like to yell “Le Boo” and confuse French speaking people.
2. HP Pavilion (San Jose)
Okay, so the Shark head is kind of cheesy. But it’s in that “so cheesy it almost makes it cool” category. The fans are pretty good too, leading the pack in the “Sun Belt expansion” (even though they really aren’t warm weather). It’s one of the hardest arenas to play in, according to THN. Sharks fan @Ntrlhattrick says the arena has a pretty nice atmosphere and is located near plenty of local watering holes.