The players have spoken, and the ice at Bell MTS Place is officially within the league’s top percentile. On Tuesday, results of the National Hockey League Players’ Association Players’ Poll were made public.
Throughout the course of the 2019-10 season, nearly 600 total players were asked to provide anonymous answers to over 20 questions. The results were kept private before the individual chapter heads of each locale was able to compile and put together the responses for the annual release of the NHLPA Players’ Poll.
Although most questions were in reference to individual players’ skillsets, personalities and behaviours on the ice, there were also answers pertaining to arenas, facilities, clothing and mascots etc. as well. There were many expected responses, while some surprises did arise.
Gritty ran away with 69 percent of the votes in the ‘Best Mascot’ category, while Brad Marchand was voted in as both the league’s best and worst chirper for the second year in a row. Joe Pavelski was named the ‘Best Golfer’, while Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid continued to earn the unanimous respect of their peers when it comes to skill and offence.
Although the Winnipeg Jets did not see any individual personalities or mascots represented in the poll, Bell MTS Place did receive the honour of third-place in the question asking, ‘Which arena has the best ice?’ Despite operating in the city averaging the coldest temperatures for the duration of the season, Winnipeg’s ice crew and arena staff certainly receive a stick tap for that nomination.
Bell MTS Place ranked third, behind first-place Bell Centre in Montreal, and Rogers Place in Edmonton. Montreal received nearly 32 percent of the vote, Edmonton took 17 percent, while Winnipeg finished with 11 percent. It was the third-straight season in which Bell MTS Place earned third-place in this category, once again coming up short to Montreal and Edmonton. But 3/31 is not bad at all.