Fanbases would be so easy to judge if attendance numbers actually gauged the true fans of a hockey team.
However, attendance numbers don't take into account the level of bandwagon fans; that is, the number of fans who are only there because the team is winning.
Some franchises, like the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, take a lot of heat for having a mostly bandwagon fanbase. Yet, they both have pretty good attendance numbers.
So, let's take a look at the most popular fanbases judging by highest average attendance and then analyze the level of bandwagon fans at the games.
Attendance numbers from 2010-11 courtesy of ESPN.