- #2: Rogers Arena: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
No two teams have created a rivalry as fast as the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks. Three straight playoff meetings will do the trick, all of which went six games or more, one coming down sudden-death in Game Seven overtime in 2011. Since then, a date with Vancouver is a day circled on any Blackhawks’ fan’s calendar, and vice versa. Although nothing beats a showdown between these two teams at the United Center back in Chicago, a trip out to the West Coast is almost as good.
Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With mountains on one side, and the Pacific Ocean on the other, the view never gets old. When the scenery shifts to the bright lights inside the Rogers Arena, it delivers one of the best experiences in the league. From a great (but not as good as Jim Corneilson’s) anthem, to some of the best-looking ice girls in the league, Vancouver will be a trip to remember. With 4 of their last 5 meetings needing extra time, you might just get more than you paid for, too.