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Most Popular NHL Team in Every State, According to Ticket Sales

Most Popular NHL Team in Every State, According to Ticket Sales

Which team is your state watching take the ice?

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Hold on to your Zambonis, hockey is back. While the coronavirus pandemic interrupted sports for a bit, the NHL is back on TVs everywhere with the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Do you know which hockey team is the favorite in your state?

Methodology

Methodology

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To determine the favorite hockey team in every state, The Active Times reached out to ticket marketplace Vivid Seats, which broke down 2019 ticket orders by state and included Washington, D.C. The data is based on regular-season games only.

Alabama: Nashville Predators

Alabama: Nashville Predators

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The Yellowhammer State may not be known for a cold sport like hockey, but fans in Alabama are all-in on the Nashville Predators.

Alaska: Vegas Golden Knights

Alaska: Vegas Golden Knights

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Alaska, on the other hand, is no stranger to cold and snow. When they’re not playing their own game on iced-over lakes, hockey fans in Alaska root for the Vegas Golden Knights.

Arizona: Arizona Coyotes

Arizona: Arizona Coyotes

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In a state that has a lot of coyotes, Arizonans love the team that’s named for the animal: the Arizona Coyotes. Arizona is also known for having cities that are great for jobs.

Arkansas: St. Louis Blues

Arkansas: St. Louis Blues

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Arkansas doesn’t have its own NHL team, so residents like to watch the St. Louis Blues, the 2019 Stanley Cup champions.

California: San Jose Sharks

California: San Jose Sharks

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Just as there are many things to do in California, there are also many hockey teams to root for. But the team that most Californians prefer is the San Jose Sharks.

Colorado: Colorado Avalanche

Colorado: Colorado Avalanche

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Colorado is home to some of the coldest cities in the world, so hockey fans pile on the blankets when it comes time to watch their beloved Colorado Avalanche.

Connecticut: Boston Bruins

Connecticut: Boston Bruins

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This New England state that sits between New York and Massachusetts has made its choice — Connecticut’s fandom points north to the Boston Bruins.

Delaware: Philadelphia Flyers

Delaware: Philadelphia Flyers

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Delaware is home to many of the best coastal towns in America, and when people are taking in the scenery, they might also be catching a Philadelphia Flyers game.

Florida: Tampa Bay Lightning

Florida: Tampa Bay Lightning

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Florida is home to plenty of interesting things to do and places to visit, as well as two NHL teams. But only one team can be the favorite, and that’s the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Georgia: Nashville Predators

Georgia: Nashville Predators

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Georgia used to be home to the Atlanta Thrashers, but now that the team is gone, NHL fans turn to the Nashville Predators.

Hawaii: Vegas Golden Knights

Hawaii: Vegas Golden Knights

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In a state that is home to some of the best beaches in the world, people in Hawaii don’t mind stepping away from the waves to catch some Vegas Golden Knights action.

Idaho: Vegas Golden Knights

Idaho: Vegas Golden Knights

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Idaho does not have any professional sports teams, but fans still enjoy some game day snacks while watching the Vegas Golden Knights.

Illinois: Chicago Blackhawks

Illinois: Chicago Blackhawks

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The people of Illinois have tons of professional sports teams to watch while enjoying some of the best pizza in America. And when it comes to hockey, their favorite is their hometown Chicago Blackhawks.

Indiana: Chicago Blackhawks

Indiana: Chicago Blackhawks

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Indiana is home to one of the most iconic American landmarks, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. When Hoosiers are not watching racing, they might be watching their favorite hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks.

Iowa: Chicago Blackhawks

Iowa: Chicago Blackhawks

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Similar to the two states before it, Iowa is also in on the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kansas: Colorado Avalanche

Kansas: Colorado Avalanche

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While Kansas is not home to any NHL teams, it is home to big fans of the Colorado Avalanche.

Kentucky: Nashville Predators

Kentucky: Nashville Predators

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People in Kentucky are big fans of the Nashville Predators. Do they enjoy a signature mint julep while watching hockey, too?

Louisiana: Dallas Stars

Louisiana: Dallas Stars

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Although Louisiana is not home to a professional hockey team, skate fans love the Dallas Stars almost as much as they love Creole food.

Maine: Boston Bruins

Maine: Boston Bruins

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Maine’s main hockey squeeze is from nearby Massachusetts: the Boston Bruins.

Maryland: Washington Capitals

Maryland: Washington Capitals

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Just like the blue crab that is popular in Maryland, the Washington Capitals are also beloved.

Massachusetts: Boston Bruins

Massachusetts: Boston Bruins

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Massachusetts teams are wicked popular because of all their success, and that includes the six-time Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.

Michigan: Detroit Red Wings

Michigan: Detroit Red Wings

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In one of the best states to retire, retirees in Michigan are cheering for the Detroit Red Wings.

Minnesota: Minnesota Wild

Minnesota: Minnesota Wild

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Tourists may travel to Minnesota to visit one of the best indoor attractions, the Mall of America. But for natives, the best indoor attraction is a Minnesota Wild game.

Mississippi: Nashville Predators

Mississippi: Nashville Predators

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It’s the Nashville Predators that have stolen the hearts of Mississippi’s NHL fans, who may make hockey night extra sweet with an iconic mud pie.

Missouri: St. Louis Blues

Missouri: St. Louis Blues

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No surprise here: The 2019 Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues are the most popular team in their home state of Missouri.

Montana: Vegas Golden Knights

Montana: Vegas Golden Knights

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Bozeman, Montana, is one of the most underrated tourist spots in the world. But while the tourists are soaking up the sights, the people of Montana are rooting for the Vegas Golden Knights.

Nebraska: Colorado Avalanche

Nebraska: Colorado Avalanche

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In a state that has one of the most underrated tourist spots in America, people are taking in hockey games watching the Colorado Avalanche.

Nevada: Vegas Golden Knights

Nevada: Vegas Golden Knights

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Nevada is a state with plenty of romantic adventures, and Nevadans have fallen in love with the Vegas Golden Knights.

New Hampshire: Boston Bruins

New Hampshire: Boston Bruins

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Like its fellow New England brethren, New Hampshire favors the Boston Bruins.

New Jersey: Philadelphia Flyers

New Jersey: Philadelphia Flyers

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Sorry, New York. New Jersey is siding with Pennsylvania in this one. Its favorite team is the Philadelphia Flyers.

New Mexico: Colorado Avalanche

New Mexico: Colorado Avalanche

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Although Colorado and New Mexico are different in a lot of ways, they are similar in a few. They both have some of the most beautiful college campuses and they both root for the Colorado Avalanche.

New York: New York Islanders

New York: New York Islanders

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The Empire State is lucky to have multiple professional sports teams. But when it comes to hockey, New Yorkers were buying tickets to see the Islanders in 2019.

North Carolina: Carolina Hurricanes

North Carolina: Carolina Hurricanes

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In North Carolina, people root for the Raleigh-based Carolina Hurricanes.

North Dakota: Minnesota Wild

North Dakota: Minnesota Wild

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In a state that has one of the lowest state income taxes, people in North Dakota have saved their money to watch the Minnesota Wild.

Ohio: Columbus Blue Jackets

Ohio: Columbus Blue Jackets

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Buckeyes are fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Oklahoma: Dallas Stars

Oklahoma: Dallas Stars

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When it comes to college sports, people in Oklahoma have a lot of school spirit. That fandom carries over to the Dallas Stars in the world of hockey.

Oregon: Vegas Golden Knights

Oregon: Vegas Golden Knights

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Hockey fans in Oregon made their way to Vegas in 2019 to catch a Golden Knights game.

Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh Penguins

Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh Penguins

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Although the Philadelphia Flyers are favorites of other states, in Pennsylvania, the most popular team is the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Rhode Island: Boston Bruins

Rhode Island: Boston Bruins

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Rhode Island is another New England state that loves the Boston Bruins.

South Carolina: Carolina Hurricanes

South Carolina: Carolina Hurricanes

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Just like in North Carolina, the people in South Carolina love the Hurricanes.

South Dakota: Minnesota Wild

South Dakota: Minnesota Wild

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South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore may be something everyone should see, but the locals are also interested in the Minnesota Wild.

Tennessee: Nashville Predators

Tennessee: Nashville Predators

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The people of Tennessee headed to the state’s capital in 2019 to watch the Predators take the ice.

Texas: Dallas Stars

Texas: Dallas Stars

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In Texas, they are seeing Stars — Dallas Stars, the favorite NHL team in the state.

Utah: Vegas Golden Knights

Utah: Vegas Golden Knights

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In a state known for being one of the happiest in America, Utah is happy to be cheering for the Vegas Golden Knights.

Vermont: Boston Bruins

Vermont: Boston Bruins

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Vermont falls in line with the rest of New England in rooting for the Boston Bruins.

Virginia: Washington Capitals

Virginia: Washington Capitals

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In a state where there are a lot of historic landmarks, people in Virginia historically root for the Washington Capitals.

Washington: Vancouver Canucks

Washington: Vancouver Canucks

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Washington will soon have an NHL team of its own to root for, but in 2019, this U.S. state turned to Canada to cheer on the Vancouver Canucks.

Washington, DC: Washington Capitals

Washington, DC: Washington Capitals

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In one of the safest cities in the world, it’s a safe bet that residents are rooting for the Washington Capitals.

West Virginia: Pittsburgh Penguins

West Virginia: Pittsburgh Penguins

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Hockey fans in West Virginia have a few options in terms of neighboring teams to root for, but their choice is the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Wisconsin: Minnesota Wild

Wisconsin: Minnesota Wild

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People in Wisconsin get a little wild when it comes to hockey, and their NHL team is the Minnesota Wild.

Wyoming: Colorado Avalanche

Wyoming: Colorado Avalanche

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Even though Wyoming does not have a hockey team to cheer for, residents turn to the neighboring state of Colorado and the Avalanche. Do they also favor the Rockies? Here are the most popular Major League Baseball teams in each state.

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