The Penguins ranked No. 1 in the NHL and No. 18 among professional sports franchises worldwide in Time's inaugural "Fandom" 250 list.
The list, which was compiled by Time Inc's Fansided, ranks fandoms based on the following criteria: longevity, size, worth, and the quality of the fandom, which they call the passion barometer. The list features a variety of fandoms, including professional sports franchises, celebrities, companies, television shows, and fictional characters. Because this is a yearly endeavor, more weight is given to fandoms that were considered "hot" in 2016.