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11-23-2012, 12:00 PM
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gmjevtwa
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NHL
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (NY Islanders)
First Niagara Center (when it was the HSBC Arena) (Buffalo Sabres)

AHL
Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial (Rochester Americans)
Onondaga War Memorial Arena (Syracuse Crunch)

WHL
KeyArena (former home of the Seattle Thunderbirds)
Comcast Arena (Everett Silvertips)

ECHL
US Bank Arena (Cincinnati Cyclones)

College
Wilson Ice Arena (Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI)
Ice Arena (Brockport Golden Eagles, SUNY Brockport, NY)

Of the ones I attended a hockey game:

Best:
First Niagara Center, Comcast Arena, Blue Cross Arena

Worst:

Nassau Coliseum (This is despite attending Isles games during their Stanley Cup years. Other arenas I've visited, at least from the outside, are better designed and located in more convenient locations than Nassau Coliseum.)

Key Arena (All arena should accommodate a hockey rink for the entire space. Because of former Seattle SuperSonics management and ill-advised decisions by the then-Seattle city council in the 1990s, the rebuilt became a basketball-focused arena with hockey games configured in a horseshoe. I had no problem with the dedicated Thunderbird fans and any road team fans, which made the arena environment less frustrating.)


Expanding on the question further,
On a guided tour, not for a game:
Centre Bell (Montréal)

Attended a game at the venue but not for hockey:
Madison Square Garden
MECCA Arena (Milwaukee Admirals when the team was in the IHL)

Seen venue in person, did not attended a hockey game:
HP Pavilion, San Jose
Pepsi Center, Denver
TD Garden, Boston
Rogers Arena, Vancouver
Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto
Copps Coliseum (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Rose Garden and Veterans Memorial Coliseum (WHL Portland Winterhawks)
John Labatt Centre (now Budweiser Gardens) (OHL London Knights)
Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre (Former ECHL Victoria Salmon Kings, currently WHL Victoria Royals)
ShoWare Center, Kent, WA (Current home of WHL Seattle Thunderbirds)
(Among others venues I can remember.)

Hope to attend an NHL game in the future:
Vancouver
Edmonton
Calgary
Denver
San Jose
Seattle, WA (Fingers crossed.)
Brooklyn, NY (I'm an Islander fan from their Stanley Cup years.)

Enjoyed watching the few games I attended at the former HSBC Arena. My favorite memory: standing in line buying some food and carrying on a conversation with another attendee who bought tickets to the Sabres games because he could not get tickets to the Leafs.

I do appreciate the AHL/WHL teams for what they are able to do for their local communities if the sport is marketed properly. For an area that has had a WHL team for 10 seasons, Everett's Comcast Arena can still average nearly 7,000 for a weekend game. The arena's hockey capacity is around 8100.

Sorry for the extended post. Visiting various venues brought back some very nice memories.


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