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Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Player Poll: Which is the loudest playoffs arena?

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The Hockey News asked 30 players, all from different teams, to name the loudest NHL rink in which they've played a road playoff game.

Of the players polled, five (17 percent) named either the Bell Centre or the old Montreal Forum as the loudest rinks.

The arenas in Calgary and San Jose tied for second, with four votes (13 percent) each, while three players (10 per-cent) picked Chicago. New York (Madison Square Garden), Philly, Edmonton, and Dallas each received two votes (7 percent), while Colorado, Carolina, Toronto, Phoenix, Boston and St. Louis each garnered one vote (three percent).

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"Until you played in the old Chicago Stadium," said Dallas' Sergei Zubov, "you have no idea how loud an arena can be."

Here are the results from each team. Some respondents asked to remain anonymous.

Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Dallas -- Rob Niedermayer

Atlanta Thrashers Montreal -- Jim Slater

Boston Bruins
Calgary: "That last year in Calgary [2004] was pretty good." -- Brad Stuart

Buffalo Sabres
Philadelphia -- Martin Biron

Calgary Flames
Edmonton: "I don't want to say it, but I'd go with Edmonton, when I was in Chicago. Chicago is still the loudest, but I guess I can't say there because that's who I played for. It was awesome." -- Bryan Marchment

Carolina Hurricanes
St. Louis: "Deafening." -- Aaron Ward

Chicago Blackhawks
San Jose: "It gets pretty rowdy in there." -- Curtis Brown

Colorado Avalanche
Edmonton: "I remember Edmonton being really loud [in 1998]." -- Joe Sakic

Columbus Blue Jackets
Chicago: "It was 1996, when [Colorado] played there in the [1996] conference semifinal. It was incredibly loud.'' -- Adam Foote

Dallas Stars
Chicago: "Until you have played in old Chicago Stadium, you have no idea how loud an arena can be.''-- Sergei Zubov

Detroit Red Wings
San Jose -- Kris Draper

Edmonton Oilers
Dallas: "Dallas is the only one I've played in." -- Georges Laraque

Florida Panthers
New York Rangers -- Jamie McLennan

Los Angeles Kings
Montreal -- Luc Robitaille

Minnesota Wild
Montreal -- Brian Rolston

Montreal Canadiens
Boston: "The rivalry is huge. The noise starts with the signing of the national anthem and continues until the end of the game." -- Francis Bouillon

Nashville Predators
Phoenix -- Paul Kariya

New Jersey Devils
Philadelphia -- Brian Gionta

New York Islanders
Toronto: "Both with Ottawa and with the Islanders, I'd say Toronto. Very loud and a good playoff atmosphere." -- Alexei Yashin

New York Rangers
Carolina -- Kevin Weekes

Ottawa Senators
Colorado -- Bryan Smolinski

Philadelphia Flyers
Calgary -- Mike Rathje

Phoenix Coyotes
Calgary -- Mike Ricci

Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Rangers -- Jocelyn Thibault

St. Louis Blues
San Jose -- Bryce Salvador

San Jose Sharks
Calgary -- Patrick Marleau

Tampa Bay Lightning
Montreal -- Anonymous

Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago: "Chicago Stadium. The arena in Winnipeg was a close second." -- Tie Domi

Vancouver Canucks
San Jose -- Eric Weinrich

Washington Capitals
Montreal -- Anonymous

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