The Winnipeg Jets have the NHL’s 12th-most dedicated fanbase, at least according to a recent survey by an Ontario-based gambling site.
The OntarioBets study used two types of criteria for its ranking, “game day commitment” and “fan engagement,” which measure arena capacity percentage and local online ticket searches, as well as social following growth, respectively.
Finishing at the top of the heap were the Chicago Blackhawks, with a weighted score of 62 “dedication points.” The top five was rounded out by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins.
The Jets were the next-highest Canadian team on the list with 37 total points, followed by the Edmonton Oilers (13th place), Vancouver Canucks (14th), Calgary Flames (17th), and Ottawa Senators (27th).
The team ranked dead last at 31st — the Seattle Kraken is too new for all 32 teams to be ranked — is the Arizona Coyotes, with a paltry score of three total points.
The Jets, who finished the NHL pre-season with a 4-1-1 record, play their first regular season game Friday against the New York Rangers.