Ranking 10 Landmarks Every NHL Fan Needs to Visit

Tom Urtz Jr.Contributor IJanuary 18, 2013

Ranking 10 Landmarks Every NHL Fan Needs to Visit

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    Although NHL fans love to support their favorite teams, there are tons of amazing landmarks that all fans need to visit.

    These landmarks include the prestigious Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, various arenas like Madison Square Garden and historic sites like the Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid.

    Here are the top 10 landmarks that each NHL fan needs to visit, and some video that enhances the experience.

10. Maple Leaf Gardens

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    The original home of the Toronto Maple Leafs was Maple Leaf Gardens, and it was an arena the franchise used until 1999.

    After the Leafs moved into the Air Canada Centre, the arena had no use until 2012 when the arena was restored for the use of the Ryerson Rams of Ryerson University.

    Maple Leaf Gardens is a historic arena that has a rich history, and it would be worth it for fans to pay the cost of admission to watch a hockey game in a legendary arena.

9. TD Garden

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    TD Garden is the home of the Original Six franchise Boston Bruins, and the arena is a landmark that every fan should visit.

    Not only is the TD Garden a great place to take in a hockey game, but it is home to the Sports Museum of New England, which features tons of memorabilia and history about the Bruins.

    TD Garden has been around since 1995 and although it is one of the "oldest" amongst current arenas, it is an amazing landmark for hockey.

8. United Center

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    The United Center is the home of the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Madhouse on Madison is a building that is always rocking during the regular season.

    The Blackhawks have one of the top teams in the Western Conference, and watching a game at the United Center is one of the most enjoyable experiences for a hockey fan.

    With hockey being so important in Chicago, this is a must-see landmark for every NHL fan.

7. Xcel Energy Center

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    The Xcel Energy Center is the home of the Minnesota Wild in St.Paul, Minnesota, and it is one of the nicest arenas in the NHL.

    Minnesota is affectionately referred to as the state of hockey, and the overall ambiance and energy inside the arena makes it an amazing place to watch a game.

    When you consider the excitement that will be generated by newcomers Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in 2013, the X is a must-stop destination for hockey diehards.

6. Madison Square Garden

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    Madison Square Garden is the "World's Most Famous Arena", and it is an arena that has been in existence since 1968.

    Over the years, the New York Rangers have made renovations and upgrades to the arena, and it is a great place to watch a hockey game because it is full of history.

    It is hard to beat the atmosphere of the upper bowl, the heartbeat of the city in Manhattan and the overall experience as a fan when you take in a game at MSG.

5. Joe Louis Arena

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    "The Joe" in Detroit is one of the oldest hockey arenas in the NHL, and it is an arena known for its atmosphere and fan activity.

    Over the past few years, the Red Wings have had one of the best home records in the league, and the energy from the fans in the arena certainly helps.

    When you consider that the JLA is going to be replaced within the next decade, fans should visit this landmark before it is demolished and gone forever.

4. United States Hockey Hall of Fame

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    The United States Hockey Hall of Fame and museum is a landmark that every NHL should finish. Although the sport of hockey's roots are in Canada, hockey has a rich history that has developed over the years south of the northern border.

    This landmark in Eveleth, Minnesota is something that every hockey fan should visit because it honors American greats like Mike Modano, Brian Leetch, Mike Richter, Phil Housley and many other players that have done amazing things for the sport.

3. Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid

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    The greatest moment in American hockey occurred in upstate New York when a group of college hockey players upset the USSR and Finnish Olympic squads in the silver and gold medal games back in 1980.

    In present day Lake Placid, the Herb Brooks Arena serves as a rink primarily for collegiate hockey, and the surrounding area serves as a memorial to the late coach and the "Miracle on Ice".

    For any fan that loves hockey, this is a nice place to visit and spend a few days because the area is full of things related to hockey, and it is always a memorable experience when you visit Lake Placid.

2. Bell Centre

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    The Bell Centre in Montreal is one of the most memorable arenas in the NHL, and it is known for its dynamic atmosphere.

    Not only is the arena one of the best in the league, but the surrounding areas in downtown Montreal are very fan friendly, and it makes for a memorable experience.

    If there is one arena other than your favorite team's that you need to visit, the Bell Centre needs to be at the top of your list.

1. Hockey Hall of Fame

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    The Hockey Hall of Fame is the ultimate landmark and destination for a diehard fanatic, and it is located in Toronto, Ontario.

    The HHOF and Museum features tons of legendary memorabilia, memories, interactive exhibits and other amazing artifacts of history. 

    For NHL fans that want to have the ultimate experience of embracing the sport of hockey, visiting the HHOF is a must for all "bucket lists."