The question has been asked: Given the nature of ice hockey games, are tailgate parties possible? The answer is "yes!" Hockey is a game with a solid fan base that likes to party as well as the next sports fan. ...More Tailgate Info
You might have to bend the "rules" a bit because hockey is definitely a cold weather sport and that could rule out the local park or parking lot for a venue, but if you are set on a pre-game party, you'll find a spot. Fans of Madison Square Garden games, for instance, have latched onto the Flying Puck, a convivial spot just a few blocks from the Garden, to rally around the home team boys.