Pittsburgh tops the list for best hockey city in the United States, and is also considered having the best hockey fans.
When the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 Monday, they took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup series of the National Hockey League.
That’s not the only place Tampa Bay leads Chicago as far as hockey is concerned.
WalletHub, a personal finance website, looked at 74 of the largest U.S. cities and studied them using 18 different metrics to determine the Best and Worst Cities for Hockey Fans. The data included ticket prices, stadium accessibility, team performance and percentage of sports bars per capita, and interest in college hockey, among other data.
In its list of the Best Cities for Hockey Fans, Tampa finished fourth overall, while Chicago was listed ninth, which will come as big news to Blackhawks fans who believe their city is the best hockey city in the United States.
Nine of the best hockey cities are directly represented by teams in the National Hockey League. Chestnut Hill, Mass., a community six miles west of Boston, is home to Boston College, and is second on the list for Best Cities for Hockey Fans.
Pittsburgh was determined to be the No. 1 city for hockey fans, followed by Chestnut Hill, St. Louis, Tampa, Boston, St. Paul, Detroit, Denver, Chicago and Anaheim.
Another difference found between Tampa and Chicago is in the ticket prices. Tampa ranked third in lowest average ticket price for an NHL game, while Chicago had the second-highest price for a ticket.
The survey takes a serious look at college hockey, and notes that East Lansing, Mich., has the most engaged college hockey fans (and the friendliest) while the least friendly and engaged hockey fans were in Worchester or Springfield, Mass.
The most friendly and engaged NHL fans were in Pittsburgh (followed by Boston and Detroit) while the least friendly and engaged fans were in New York City, followed by Los Angeles.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.