It’s a great time to be a hockey fan in America. Last year saw the total attendance in the NHL increase to more than 25 million. This is an all-time high that included what was closely the biggest crowd to ever watch a live hockey game. So where are the best towns to be a hockey?
Grand Forks, North Dakota (NCAA – University of North Dakota)
The University of North Dakota is one of college hockey’s real powerhouse programs. It has earned over 14 conference championships, made over 19 Frozen Four appearances and earned over six national championships, the 2nd highest championship total after Michigan.
Hanover, New Hampshire (NCAA – Dartmouth Big Green)
This college town is burrowed along the Connecticut River in wonderful central New Hampshire. While the main village’s population is just over 8,500, when the Dartmouth hockey team takes to the ice, there are, on average, more than 2,000 fans in attendance. That is more than a quarter more than the population of the town.
Lewiston, New York (NCAA – Niagara Purple Eagles)
One of many top hockey towns situated in close proximity to our hockey-loving neighbors up north, Lewiston is along the Niagara River in upstate New York, just a little ways from hockey haven, Canada. Though they have only been a varsity-level team since ‘96, the Niagara Purple Eagles hockey team has arose as a force not to be messed with in college hockey, winning their conference 4 times since 2000 and making an appearance at the NCAA tournaments repeatedly over that time.
Houghton, Michigan (NCAA – Michigan Tech Huskies)
For hockey fans who enjoy the winter time, Houghton is the town you want to be in. It averages more than 100 days every year in which the temperature doesn’t even reach freezing. Thanks to the closeness of Lake Superior, the town get more than 150 of snow every year. With that kind of weather, the only thing to do is to welcome the cold, as well as the sport that go with it.