NHL 2011-12: Which Fans Deserve the Stanley Cup?

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NHL 2011-12: Which Fans Deserve the Stanley Cup?

All isn't fair in love, war and hockey.

For a stretch in the mid-2000s, the hockey world watched teams from Tampa Bay, Carolina and Anaheim beat Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa to earn the sport's ultimate trophy, the Stanley Cup.

The irony was not lost on hockey fans, as cities who use the moniker "fair-weather" to describe fans and climate alike had snatched glory from committed, hockey-crazed cities in the Great White North.

In any sport, the most passionate fans can find themselves watching a championship celebration where most of the people attending the parade can name three players on the team and aren't entirely clear on the rules of the game. 

Such a sight can be oh so frustrating.

Thus, this list does not explore the teams most likely to win a Cup this season, nor the fan bases with the highest attendance last season. Instead, this is a ranking of the fan bases most deserving of a parade. 

Think about your favorite team. Is there ever an empty seat in the house?

Did fans proudly wear their team apparel in the best of times, as well as the worst of times?

Has it been years and years since the last time the city got to celebrate a hockey championship?

Depending on the answers to those questions, your fan base may either be completely undeserving of a moment in the sun, or long overdue for a parade around the city.

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