10 Most Annoying Fanbases in the NHL
We recognize that you cannot lump all fans into one category. There are always going to be die-hard fans, there are going to be some casual fans, there are going to be bandwagon fans and then there are going to be purely psychotic fans.
Those last two are the ones that ruin it for everybody and give otherwise good fanbases a bad name.
So please, don’t take this too seriously or get too offended. If your team is mentioned, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the good ones, and we recognize that.
However, there are certain fans that give fans like you a bad name, and that should annoy you, too.
So with that out of the way, here are the 10 most annoying fanbases in hockey.
10. Phoenix Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes have virtually no fanbase, and that’s what is so irritating to us.
This is annoying especially to Winnipeggers (at least before they got their team back, although I’m pretty sure they still don’t like the Coyotes), since that used to be their team.
There are plenty of cities who would love to have an NHL fanbase, like perhaps Quebec City or even (supposedly) Kansas City.
So it's annoying to see a team go unappreciated like that.
9. San Jose Sharks
The true, loyal San Jose Sharks fans will typically be the first to tell you: Since the Sharks have experienced continued regular-season success and advanced deep into the playoffs, there has been an influx of bandwagon fans.
Teams perceived as having large numbers of bandwagon fans are not respected among other hockey fans and thus, their entire fanbase is labelled fair-weather.
Unfortunately for those die-hard Sharks fans, this has become the case with people's perception of the Sharks.
Of course, it doesn't help that San Jose typically chokes in the playoffs, yet their fans are still bordering on cocky when they discuss their team.
It's because of those reasons that people label San Jose as one of the most annoying fanbases.
8. Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks' fanbase is another fanbase that is considered to be among the most annoying in hockey.
There could be many reasons.
One reason is that the team is another perceived to have a large number of bandwagon fans. It's to be expected, though, since the team just won their first Stanley Cup since 1961 in 2010.
7. Washington Capitals
The Washington Capitals are another team that is perceived as having a lot of bandwagon fans.
In just a few short years, the now-Verizon Center has transformed from an unmemorable arena to one of the loudest, with a sea of red in the sold-out crowd every night.
There is also a perception out there that Caps fans don't actually know anything about hockey or even their team, they just showed up to support when they started winning.
Now, we know that that doesn't apply to their entire fanbase, but it does apply to some of them.
This is why many find them annoying.
6. Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers faithful recently came under fire for booing a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ad.
Now, in their defense, Sidney Crosby is probably currently the most hated figure if you’re a Philadelphia sports fan, but maybe booing him—even during an ad raising money for cancer research—is in poor taste.
The fans are one of the reasons that people don’t like to go to Philadelphia because they’re so aggressive in their passion for their teams.
On the flip side, though, it’s why some players love playing in Philadelphia. They’re tough, but they’re loyal.
Most others find them pretty annoying, though.
5. Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins fanbase might be the most commonly perceived to be comprised of mainly bandwagon fans.
After all, it wasn't too long ago that there was talk of a relocation to Kansas City.
Now the team has superstars (Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin), they've won a Stanley Cup (2009) and the seats are filled.
That and the fact that most people hate Crosby and the Penguins is enough to make people consider their fans some of the most annoying.
4. Detroit Red Wings
Detroit is dubbed as Hockeytown, USA, and some would argue that any franchise and fanbase that dubs themselves that is condescending.
It could just be that the team's success has been annoying to those that don't happen to be Red Wings fans.
After all, the team has the third most Stanley Cup wins, with 11, and the most of any American team. Plus, four of those Cups have come since 1997.
Most people don't like dominant teams and the cockiness that comes with having such a successful team, so that contributes to people considering them one of the most annoying fanbases in the league.
3. Vancouver Canucks
The Vancouver riots after the Stanley Cup Finals helped contribute to people considering Vancouver Canucks fans to be one of the most annoying.
I understand that most die-hard Canucks fans have spoken out against the rioters and called them not true fans.
Whether they were or not, they were proclaiming themselves to be fans so, sorry, Vancouver, but that’s what many people think of when they think of Vancouver Canucks fans.
They don’t think of the Green Men (well, maybe some do), aka the creative, passionate fans. No, they just think of the fans who threw a hissy fit and incited a riot that caused millions of dollars in damage when their team lost in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Even the Philadelphia fans didn’t do that when the Flyers lost the year before, and we all know how emotional Philly fans are.
2. Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a very long history and sorry, Montreal, but they’ve even taken over as Canada’s team.
However, for those that don’t fully understand the Leafs' history, the attitude that Leafs fans emit can come off as rather pompous and annoying.
After all, the argument against Leafs fans is, "Yes, you have 13 Stanley Cups, but when was the last time you won?"
One day, though, the team will break their drought and win their 14th Stanley Cup.
I'm sure people will find them just as annoying once they've won again, when it becomes more relevant for them to throw their number of Stanley Cups around.
1. Montreal Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens have a very passionate fanbase, probably one of the best in all of professional sports.
However, most people find their fanbase rather annoying.
It could be because they have 23-24 Stanley Cup wins (depending on if you count the pre-NHL win or not in that number), or it could be because they do things like boo the American national anthem.
Either way, it's enough for many to find them annoying.