Well, this has been tossed around by various message board trolls since the sell out streak ended for the Avalanche fans. I have had this debate with several Detroit Red Wing fans over the years and now some guys are taking their shots. I'm using this diary entry to not only share this but I'm getting tired of typing out the same old responses so I want a quick way to copy and past in the future.
The blog post is at
My response: (With gramatical errors and all)
I'm not sure where you're getting this self proclaimed best fans in the NHL crap. There's no doubt that the Avalanche organization had great pride in the sell out streak. There's little doubt that Avalanche fans are spoiled. However, let's clear some items up. First, Chambers is grasping for straws to fill a column. Next, the Avalanche sold out 487 games. That is not the equivalent of six seasons Jes. That is from 95/96 season to 06/07 which minus the lockout year is TEN years! They play 41 home games a year, not 82 which is how I assume you came up with your six year comment. The sell outs include playoff games. It's a record because it's a hell of a feat and the "unspoiled" haven't done it.
You can marginalize the Avalanche and their fans all you like and I understand why some people have been waiting nearly 12 years to do it. However, the Avalanche fan base is going no where. While you're so quick to scoff at Avalanche fans as fickle front runners let's consider some realities. Ticket prices are just out of control in the NHL. The previously sorry Nuggets and Rockies all of a sudden have pull in the market and corporate ticket sales are sieving to these two draws. Even with the end of the sell out streak, the Avs filled Pepsi Center to 97.8%. Sure it's no 74.5% of real fans like those in New Jersey but we do what we can. Last, it's not so much a matter of what star power is still with the Avalanche but it is true that the Avs lost some of the greatest bulk of big name talent because of the lockout or retirements. We lost Blake, Roy, Foote, and Forsberg. In related moves we've lost Tangauy as well. It was a lot easier to throw down money to see those guys no matter where they were in the standings. For hard core fans like myself, it doesn't matter. In a Canadian city or Minnesota? No problem, those areas are hockey mad and have the best hockey fans hands down. However, this post just reeks of snobbery of the worst sort. This is something Avalanche fans have heard since 1995. Do you have any idea how pretentious it sounds for a Red Wing fan to spout of "hockeytown", "10 Stanley Cups" and "Original Six"? Look, I'm seen the verbal scrums over empty arenas in Detroit for 20 years between fans, it leads to nowhere.
Hockey has been a loved sport in this city well before the Avalanche came to play. Hockey has a rich history and avid following in the Denver market. Now, with the success of the Avalanche there's really no end in sight. Youth hockey is out of control, ice time is almost impossible to find. Kids that were six years old when the Avs began their run are now 18 and have a "lifetime" of memories being Avalanche fans. They have memories of watching hockey with their old man, playing as Forsberg in the driveway with their buddies and are for lack of a better term, indoctrinated in to the fantastic tradition of growing up as a fan.
Avalanche fans are going no where, 91.3% home capacity this year or not.