The sad truth, though, is that while a few get repurposed -- The Forum in Montreal and Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens come immediately to mind -- most end up on the wrong side of a wrecking ball, often entering the afterlife as a parking lot.
But great venues, like great players and great games, aren't easily forgotten.
Here are 10 favorite venues that no longer house an NHL club -- or, in most cases, exist at all -- but were in service during the 1983-84 season or later.
10. MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM (Buffalo)
Most distinctive features: The large sound baffles that dropped down from the arena ceiling, and the benches, not individual chairs, on which writers sat in the press box.
Negative quality: The building seemed old and tired rather than historic, the way most NHL arenas of similar vintage did.
On the list because: Friday night games there in mid-winter just felt like hockey. Plus, there had to be a 10th venue on the list.