Just as we love the game of hockey with all of its excitement and color, we love the places we go to watch the game being played.
For many of us, the home town rink is a hockey palace, a place we first went as children to watch our favorite players who seemed larger than life.
We remember the bright lights, the smell of food and beer, the sound of the music that was played either on an organ (if we're old enough) or piped in to the arena or the chants unique to our home town team.
Here is a look at the top 50 greatest hockey arenas of all time. Just to qualify it, I am going to limit this list to rinks that at one time or another, hosted an NHL team. There are plenty of great minor league rinks throughout North America, but that is a subject for another article.
The order is based mostly on eras, starting with the current arenas and working our way back to the Original Six since it is impossible to compare a rink built during the Great Depression like Maple Leaf Gardens, with a brand new building like the Consol Energy Center.
Feel free to comment and talk about buildings I may have missed or that you wanted rated higher, but if you do so, please tell me WHY the arena you are arguing for belongs higher on the list and what special memories you have about that building.