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View Poll Results: Which U.S. city is biggest on hockey?
Boston 25 16.56%
Chicago 17 11.26%
Detroit 39 25.83%
New York 3 1.99%
Philadelphia 27 17.88%
Pittsburgh 11 7.28%
Los Angeles 2 1.32%
Other 27 17.88%
Voters: 151. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-07-2016, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I grew up in upstate NY and have spent plenty of time in Boston, neither are as hockey obsessed as MSP. Minnesota draws 18,000+ for high school hockey games. It isn't just about the NHL. It is about the sport at the grassroots level. I think it is because Minnesota is flat and has a lot of lakes. All the places out east that are cold enough for hockey also have good skiing so skiing and hockey compete with each other as recreational winter sports. Here it is just hockey, and the presence of lakes means that everyone can play outside for free everywhere. That is why 40% of the Americans in the NHL are from Minnesota.
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I think it is because Minnesota is flat and has a lot of lakes.
Lots of lakes plays a part in MN's hockey popularity, but flatness?!? Being flat has NOTHING to do with hockey being popular. After all, its played on ice which is... DUN DUN DUNNNN... flat. In all seriousness, MN's winter is long, and hockey is ingrained in the state's youth, hence its popularity.
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Old 09-08-2016, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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I'm surprised I'm the 1st person to say New York City, after all, it is the only metro with THREE NHL teams (Rangers, Islanders and Devils)
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Old 09-08-2016, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Cambridge, Isanti County, MN
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I'm surprised I'm the 1st person to say New York City, after all, it is the only metro with THREE NHL teams (Rangers, Islanders and Devils)
If there were other northern metros with populations of 20 million plus I'm sure they'd have 3 teams, too.
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Arch City
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If there were other northern metros with populations of 20 million plus I'm sure they'd have 3 teams, too.
The Rangers were one of the original 6 teams, so hockey is a very strong sport in New York.
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:32 PM
 
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The Rangers were one of the original 6 teams, so hockey is a very strong sport in New York.
Its not one of those places that every town has its own rink though. It isn't like MA, MI, NH, MN, and Upstate NY where there are Hockey rinks everywhere.
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:19 PM
 
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St. Paul (+ Minneapolis), Detroit, and Boston are the only truly great hockey markets in the US.

Everybody else is just a big second tier.

I said "other" because St. Paul wasn't an option.

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Chicago are decent.
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:20 PM
 
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Perhaps Boston but I wonder why Minneapolis was left off the list? Is it not that big of a hockey city?
No, it's a huge hockey city. OP just doesn't know what they're talking about.
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:34 PM
 
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How does St. Paul not make this poll?


You can make an argument about us losing the North Stars, but this thread is about hockey, not the NHL. The Twin Cities, and Minnesota as a whole, are definitely #1 in regards to the sport of hockey.
We only lost the North Stars because Norm Green was a crook, and his wife made him move the team to dodge his sexual harassment charges (real gent, that one).

Try this on for size:

"The idea that this guy [Norm Green], that anyone, for that matter, could move major league hockey from Minnesota, the American home of hockey, is hard to believe. How could that happen? How could anyone let that happen? This is the state that fills a 16,000-seat arena for the state high school tournament, the state that every four years fills out the roster of the U.S. Olympic team, the state that is the land of lakes, for goodness' sake, all of them frozen during the long winter, all with kids learning to skate. Dallas? A team from Minnesota would move, after 26 years of residence, to Dallas?"

Source: Spleen for Green
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Old 09-09-2016, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, Isanti County, MN
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The Rangers were one of the original 6 teams, so hockey is a very strong sport in New York.
I wasn't questioning the sports popularity in New York. I was contending that they have 3 hockey teams in their metro because there are over 20 million people livng there.

And thanks, but I don't need the guy who didn't know enough to include MSP in this thread/poll to tell me the Rangers are an original 6 franchise.

I think at this point you should sit back and let the rest of us take it from here. You're going to get more hockey info than you can give, that much is certain.
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