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Study incorrectly names Grand Forks best hockey town in America for 5th consecutive year

We might be acting unfair, but Minnesota is the State of Hockey.

It's that time of year again when a fresh list of America's best hockey towns is unveiled, and for the fifth year in a row SmartAsset got it wrong. 

Grand Forks is not the best hockey town in a America, although this story is about SmartAsset saying it is No. 1 for a fifth year in a row. 

With all due respect to Grand Forks and SmartAsset, everyone knows that Hockeytown, USA is in Warroad or Eveleth, which is and will continue to be debated for eternity. But it sure as heck isn't Grand Forks. 

If the study would've given the title to East Grand Forks, we might listen considering it's in Minnesota and the Green Wave won back-to-back high school state championships in 2014 and 2015. 

Alas, the study doesn't recognize history as much as it recognizes attendance, total population, Google search traffic for the term "hockey" and quality of life measurements like crime, household income, housing costs, job rates and entertainment options. 

That's where Grand Forks apparently exceeds all other hockey towns in the country. 

Saint Paul is No. 2 on the list with Mankato coming in third, followed by St. Cloud (16th), Duluth (17th) and Minneapolis (20th). Bemidji didn't even make the list, which seems like a joke considering it was sixth in the same ranking in 2016. 


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