Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Player Poll: Which is the loudest playoffs arena?
The Hockey News
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).
"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
Montreal -- Jim Slater
Calgary: "That last year in Calgary  was pretty good." -- Brad Stuart
Philadelphia -- Martin Biron
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
St. Louis: "Deafening." -- Aaron Ward
San Jose: "It gets pretty rowdy in there." -- Curtis Brown
Edmonton: "I remember Edmonton being really loud [in 1998]." -- Joe Sakic
Columbus Blue Jackets
Chicago: "It was 1996, when [Colorado] played there in the  conference semifinal. It was incredibly loud.'' -- Adam Foote
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
Dallas: "Dallas is the only one I've played in." -- Georges Laraque
New York Rangers -- Jamie McLennan
Los Angeles Kings
Montreal -- Luc Robitaille
Montreal -- Brian Rolston
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
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
Colorado -- Bryan Smolinski
Calgary -- Mike Rathje
Calgary -- Mike Ricci
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
San Jose -- Eric Weinrich
Montreal -- Anonymous
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