It’s been an eventful 2013 for the National Hockey League, which opened the year in January by resolving a lockout and conducting a shortened 48-game regular season, followed by a remarkable Stanley Cup playoffs and NHL Draft. Between the opening of the new 2013-14 season with all of its outdoor games and the anticipation leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics, there have been plenty of interesting story lines for hockey fans to dig into this year.
But which NHL teams have drawn the most interest from US internet surfers? Using data from Google Trends, here are the 10 most searched-for teams from the year gone by:
#10 – Buffalo Sabres
New owner Terry Pegula has set the Buffalo fan base abuzz with anticipation given all the free agency moves and trades the team has conducted over the last couple years, and 2013 was an eventful one for the Sabres. Longtime head coach Lindy Ruff was fired in February, forwards Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek were traded away, and the team continued to struggle in the standings, all of which drew attention from hockey fans.
What really pushed Buffalo on to this list, however, was the debut of their new third jersey, roundly criticized as one of the most spectacularly awful hockey sweaters in recent memory.