The game is the thing, and the experience fans get at an NHL arena is 100 times more exciting than watching it on television.
Watching an NHL game live is far different than watching any of the other professional sport in person. There's a certain electricity at an NHL game that just has more current running through it than any of the other sports.
But not all NHL arenas are created equal. At some buildings, you are there, you enjoy the game and then you go home. At the best venues, the atmosphere covers you like a blanket and you feel it in every ounce of your being.
In this piece, we rank the arenas with the best environments. We are not taking the price of the ticket, the taste of the food or the cleanliness of the bathrooms into account. The only thing that matters is the hockey atmosphere.