Originally posted on State of Hockey News  |  Last updated 12/1/11
A few years ago I used to do an annual series on the Best and Worst Fans of the NHL.  I usually timed it right around late August, prior to the start of NHL training camp.  In my first edition back in 2008 I rated the New Jersey Devils near the bottom.  One of my qualifiers that a team's relative success was factored into my fan ratings.  So if you had a successful team but didn't draw well you were going to get hammered in my final rankings.  The Devils were and still are a great example of a team that has been fairly successful but has been milquetoast to pathetic at the gate.  The backlash my assessment caused really surprised me.  Apart from a fusilade of predictable insults levied in my direction, was a huge plethora of excuses why fans weren't showing up to the games (everything from the arena being located in a bad neighborhood, parking issues, being in a saturated NHL market, and high ticket prices).  Yet few could explain why a team that had a good tradition of success, pla...
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