Best Minor League Team

Lake Erie Monsters

The Lake Erie Monsters repeat for Best Minor League Team and we continue to agree for at least a few reasons. Because Cleveland has no NHL squad, the Monsters remain the only option on the ice (unless you get tickets to University School vs. Padua or something). Plus, the Monsters play at the Q, so it's not like you need to pack a picnic lunch on your trip to Akron or Lake County. The Monsters are the AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche and going to a game has all the in-game flare of the Cleveland Cavaliers, plus the bonus of a team that's actually competitive. In general, prices are cheaper and crowds are thinner, and it's a perfect venue for a date, a family outing, or a night out with some hockey fans.

Staff Pick: Akron Rubber Ducks