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#1: MTS Centre: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
The MTS Centre lands at the top of our list despite the Blackhawks never setting foot in the arena. Chicago will get their first taste of a Winnipeg Jets crowd in 18 years this November, with two meetings in less than a month. These two teams have only faced each other once before, a 4-1 win in 2011 for Chicago at the United Center.
Although the MTS Centre is the smallest rink in the National Hockey League, Jets fans live up to their team’s name, with an average sound level that came out on top out of all 30 arenas. Passion is too weak a word for it; Winnipeg fans have been itching to see the NHL return, and are still excited about it heading into their third season.
Chicago paying a visit will be a unique environment, with three Winnipeg-born players on the roster, including fan-favourite captain Jonathan Toews. The Blackhawks’ contingent will be alive and well, and any visitor will have no trouble finding a comrade amongst the ‘Friendly Manitobans’ (After all, I’m one of them!)
Winnipeg will be ready to make sure Chicago’s first visit back isn’t a smooth one, and a great battle is guaranteed to be in store on November 2nd, when the two teams face off.
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