Are hockey fans really empirically better than the fans of every other sport? I don’t know. Fandom is pretty subjective. To be honest, when I came up with the title of this list, I was just trying to pull a Buzzfeed and use hyperbole to appeal to a very specific demographic.
That being said, you won’t find many people unwilling to concede the fact that hockey fans are awesome. Their passion is through the roof and their loyalty is unmatched. Anyone who’s ever been to a Stanley Cup playoff game can testify to that.
So while it may be impossible to say hockey fans are the best fans, they definitely deserve a 37-GIF tribute. Take a look and get pumped up.
Love the intensity. But is it just me, or does the guy in the green sweatshirt look like Captain Kangaroo with a perm?
37. Capitals Fans Are REALLY Excited!
Everyone assumes these people were just happy and/or drunk. The reality, however, is that they were just trying to keep moving so their extremities didn't freeze.
Red Wings fans are not afraid to tell you how they feel. (They are also not afraid to be pretty hot.)
34. Yeah Canadiens, Suck It!
Seats up against the glass: $200
Sweet hockey fight selfie: priceless
33. Hockey Fight Selfie!
What really makes this guy special is the vintage Coyotes "Picasso jersey."
32. Videobombing Biker Dude
Sometimes you just gotta stick your tongue between the glass, amiright?
31. Canadiens Kid
The dude steals his helmet while the lady dumps her beer on him.
Lesson? Don't mess with Chicago Blackhawks fans.
30. Helmet Thief
There are a lot of very attractive female hockey fans, and when they get excited they jump up and down. Draw your own conclusions.
29. Happy Canucks
Remember what I said earlier? About Red Wings fans not hesitating to express their feelings?
28. Detroit Double Bird
Dan Carcillo was once a Flyers goon and thus beloved by the Broad Street faithful. However, when you put on another sweater, that's it. The love affair is over.
You know why hockey fans are so bold? Because they know the glass is always there to protect them. You'd never see a baseball fan stick his middle finger five inches from a baseball player's face. Ditto with basketball and football.
26. Pretty Tough Behind that Glass
You just cannot suppress the optimism of college hockey fans.
25. Boston Optimism
It doesn't matter how excited a male hockey fan is about the score of the game, he's always going to notice the excited female hockey fan jumping up and down next to him.
24. Hockey Fans Notice All the Little Things
Babies are hockey fans too, and they are adorable.
23. Adorable Babies
Everyone noticed Joel Quenneville grabbing his crotch in anger during the Blackhawks' first round playoff series against the Blues last spring. But did anyone notice the Blues fans mocking him in the first and second row? Because that's pretty damn funny.
This is Toronto City Council the moment the Canadian Olympic Women's Hockey Team won gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics. That's Rob Ford jumping up and down.
21. Canada's Biggest Hockey Fan
Apparently giving opposing players the finger is the number one hobby of Detroit Red Wings fans.
20. More Obscene Gestures from Detroit
The Senators don't really give their fans all that much to cheer about. But then, that's what makes hockey fans so remarkable—they find things to cheer about.
19. Excited Senators Fan
For a brief moment in time, that was the happiest kid on the face of the earth. And all because Charlie Coyle waved to him.
18. Cutest Kid Ever
Again, the Senators don't really give their fans all that much to dance about, but their fans find reasons to dance anyway.
17. Dancin' Sens Fans
What would cause a grown man to flip off a couple of college kids? Hockey, that's what.
16. North Dakota Double Bird
Hockey makes people happy, and when people happy, sometimes they dance.
15. Dancing Penn State Fan
That is one happy kid. You can't help but feel bad for him. He has no idea the misery his hockey allegiance will bring him.
14. Happy Leafs Kid
In baseball the biggest loudmouths always seem to end up right by the visiting bullpen. In hockey, they end up right next to the penalty box.
Nothing livens up a baseball crowd like a die-hard hockey fan.
10. Hockey Trumps Baseball
Of course, the local team winning the Stanley Cup helps makes hockey fans out of everybody. Right L.A.?
9. Hockey Party at Dodger Stadium
Okay, I'll admit it. Sometimes somehockey fans go a little too far. Maybe.
8. Obscene Gesture
You think any kid ever had this much fun at a golf tournament? Fat chance.
7. Cotton Candy Goatee
Like all NHL fans outside British Columbia, I despise everything about the Vancouver Canucks...except "the Green Men." I actually love those guys.
6. The Green Men
On the one hand, Leafs fans are sad because they just keep buying tickets and jerseys and $12 beers, handing their hard-earned money to a franchise that has no clue how to win. (Or maybe just no interest.)
On the other hand, you have to admire their loyalty.
5. Leafs Fans
Like I've said several times, the great thing about Red Wings fans is that they always express their feelings.
This woman apparently just felt like jiggling her boobs.
4. Boob? Boobs.
These guys travel around to see Jaromir Jagr play. Brett Favre never had a following like this.
3. Jagr Superfans
Did Derek Jeter ever inspire this level of infatuation?
Okay, he definitely did. But this is still impressive.
2. True Love
The most hardcore sports fan on the face of the planet is this two-year-old.
God I love hockey.