Ranking the NHL's 30 fan bases from most miserable to happiest before the 2015-16 season.
In our first ever Fan Misery Index, the first installment of which was published in January 2014, we looked at the 10 NHL franchises whose organizational incompetence exacted the heaviest emotional toll on their fans.
This time around, we’re changing it up a bit by considering the mindsets of fan bases across the entire league.
We considered a number of factors in our thoroughly unscientific formula, including both recent and long-term history of success (or lack thereof), managerial competence, system strength, staffing moves, recent trades and signings, and anything else that might lead us to a snapshot understanding of the hope, or hopelessness, surrounding each of the NHL’s 30 teams.
Clearly, some fans have reason to be in better emotional shape than others. Some have experienced such dramatic change this summer that the prevailing optimism overrides years of bumbling and buffoonery and outright suffering. Others, puffed with pride not long ago, have devolved into festering cesspools of gloom and despair.
Hey, no one ever promised you that loving a team with all your heart would continually pay off, right? Gotta take your lumps from time to time, though some fans seem to corner the market on lumps and hold it for decades.
So here’s our list. We begin with the partisans who are in the most distress and count down to the ones who doing the most vibrant cartwheels in the streets. Take a look and then share your thoughts in the comment section below.