When many people think of toughest places to play, they figure you're talking about college football or basketball. Many people don't think the crowd has a very big impact in the NHL.
I would have to strongly disagree with them. If you have ever been to a hockey game, then you know how loud the crowd can get, especially when the home team is winning.
Let's face it—when you combine sports and drinking, you are going to get a lot of rowdiness.
The difference between hockey and other sports is how close the fans are to the players. There is only a single pane of glass separating the fans from the players' bench and the penalty box, and more than a few times fans have dove into the penalty box.
The fans are also somewhat involved in the game with the traditional throwing of one's hat onto the ice after the home team's player has scored a hat trick.
With all this said, here are the top 10 toughest places to play in the NHL. Feel free to voice your opinions.