WalletHub should get a game misconduct for this list.
The best hockey city in America isn't in Minnesota, according to a recent WalletHub report, and no Minnesota city even cracked the top 10.
The money website ranked 72 U.S. cities based on "19 key indicators of a good hockey city" – things like ticket prices and arena capacity, to how well each city's teams perform (both NHL teams and NCAA men's Division I teams).
The highest ranked Minnesota city is St. Paul at No. 16 with a total score of 41.01. WalletHub says St. Paul is among the most expensive to go to an NHL game, but notes it does have one of the highest arena capacities in the league.
Here's how other Minnesota cities rank:
- No. 38: Minneapolis – score of 16.37.
- No. 48: Bemidji – score of 14.83.
- No. 57: St. Cloud – score of 14.02.
- No. 58: Duluth – score of 13.12.
- No. 63: Mankato – score of 11.81.
A little more information behind these scores: WalletHub says Mankato, Duluth and Minneapolis have some of the most expensive season ticket prices for NCAA games. (Note: Cities like Warroad and Eveleth weren't even considered for the list because they don't have an NHL or NCAA men's Division I team.)
Here's WalletHub's top 10:
- Detroit, Michigan – score of 63.07.
- Boston, Massachusetts – score of 62.07.
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – score of 58.17.
- Anaheim, California – score of 49.83.
- St. Louis, Missouri – score of 49.03.
- New York – score of 47.75.
- Chicago, Illinois – score of 47.16.
- Sunrise, Florida – score of 47.09.
- Buffalo, New York – score of 46.32.
- Tampa, Florida – score of 45.85.
For more information on each best hockey city, and how WalletHub came up with the ranking, click here.