The idea of an NHL Bucket List came to me in March of 2011 on a trip to Buffalo, New York. My dad and step mom brought me there for a Sabres game as a gift for my 21st birthday, and I was in awe. At this point in my life, I hadn’t really left Maine before. Exploring a new city, meeting new people, and experiencing a different lifestyle from the small town that I’m used to was really eye opening. It was at this point that I realized I wanted to see more of the country that I live in, and combining that with my passion of hockey just seemed like a great idea.
Over the years, the bucket list has expanded from just wanting to see a game at every team’s home venue, to include attending a Winter Classic, a Stadium Series game, an All-Star Weekend, and a game during the Stanley Cup Finals. I’m sure as the NHL continues to market their product and expand their fan base, I’ll add more to the NHL bucket list.
I’ve been to 8 different home venues so far, as well as the 2016 Winter Classic. Traveling to different cities for games takes a lot of time and money, something that I didn’t have much of when I first started my journey. College courses, multiple jobs, and a lack of time and expendable money have really delayed this. I’ve made a promise to myself to try and attend at least 1 new venue per season.
Bucket List Venues as of March 2018
- TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
- HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York
- Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
- 2016 Winter Classic, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts
- Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
- Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona
- Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
- Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Because of the significance of this journey to me, I’ve created a separate page within the blog to keep track of my progress. I will be sure to keep this page updated as I cross new venues off the list and I’ll also include any plans for future/upcoming trips!
I will also be sure to make a separate blog post about any new venues I visit, complete with pictures, reviews and what makes the stadium unique compared to the others that I’ve visited within the league.