The National Hockey League (NHL) is a North American Association that operates a major professional ice hockey league and is considered to be the premier professional hockey league in the world.  It was founded in 1917 and originally only had four teams. For the first quarter century after its founding the NHL was very unsteady but eventually found stability in 1942/43 with the ‘Original Six’. These six teams, who are still part of the NHL are the Boston Bruins, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs.  The League now has twenty three American teams and seven Canadian teams.  Each year the Stanley Cup is awarded to the Champions and it is the oldest professional sports trophy that can be won in North America.  The current champions are the Chicago Blackhawks who are on their fifth title, with the Montreal Canadiens holdings the most titles, with an impressive twenty five wins.  The Headquarters are based in New York City.  Each of the thirty teams have their own stadiums, but have ranked the top ten stadiums in terms of crowd atmosphere.  Of the top ten, four are in Canada and six are in the United States.  This info graphic gives a profile on each of these stadiums detailing location, the home team, capacity, standing room and when the stadium was opened. This info graphic also reveals an interesting fact about each of these ten stadiums. For example, did you know that the TD Garden Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts has had more than thirty million visitors since it opened in 1995? Or did you know that one of these stadiums is one of only two stadiums in Canada that has its own in house brewery? Read on to find out more about the stadiums of some of your favorite teams from the Calgary Flames to the San Jose Sharks.

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