Best All Time NHL Hockey Fans

Hockey fans are enthusiastic and some of the loudest fans out there. Maybe because it is held inside a rink versus a field or stadium. You can just feel the energy at a hockey game as a wave starts in the stands. Hockey fans even paint their bodies and faces in their team colors.

Whenever I think about NHL hockey fans it always brings to mind the National Hockey League Fan’s Association (NHLFA). This association was established in 1998 to provide a platform to all the NHL fans to express their views and to give an opportunity to all the fans to interact with others. Joining the NHLFA certainly marks a fan as one that has gone "above and beyond." That may just make its members the best all time NHL hockey fans.

We know that hockey is not just a sport, it’s a business and fans are one of the most important key factors that bring the revenue to hockey. The NHLFA was founded by Gary Bettman and most of the well known players, such as Paul Kelly, are also a part of it. Paul Kelly, one of the biggest players and fan of the NHL, once said “we play the games but the real strength that acts in the background to encourage us to go beyond that extra mile are these fans and I am fan of these fans.”

Rangers Vs. Washington Capitals Madison Square Garden
Rangers Vs. Washington Capitals 9/24/09 Madison Square Garden.
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All fans are the best in the eyes of their team. The fact that a fan comes to a cold rink just to watch them play, that they support their teams on the streets by wearing their team shirts or other accessories, and the fact that they cheer for them at bars and restaurants, or anywhere they play, makes a fan a valuable asset.

One great NHL fan that comes to mind is Clark Symond, who traveled across the world just to meet his favorite hockey player and watch him play. He was always the first person to buy NHL game tickets and always continued to encourage his favorite team. Team players even commented that they had never witnessed such a great supporter who, in any situation, would never lose faith in the team. There are and there will be lot more fans like him, but the difference between him and the rest of the fans is he got recognized. This why the NHLFA exists. They give recognition to hockey fans for their continued support and to any fan who goes above and beyond.

Dallas Stars vs New Jersey Devils. Cheers after the Stars score!
Dallas Stars vs New Jersey Devils. Cheers after the Stars score!
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So, we're gonna go with Clark Symond and all the members of the NHLFA as the best all-time NHL hockey fans.

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