Hockeytown and Hockey Town are generic words used in common practice throughout the United States and Canada to identify any town, city or community that has a history and reputation of participating in the sport of hockey. Many North American cities are and have been referred to by the label. Warroad, Minnesota was the first city known to use the designation "Hockeytown." The term refers to the following cities:
- Binghamton, New York has been referred to as Hockeytown since the mid-1970s. After a tepid first year of support, the Broome Dusters grew greatly in popularity, and were able to draw a large number of sellouts. The quick success led the Hockey News to declare Binghamton as Hockeytown USA. Binghamton is home to an American Hockey League.
Hockeytown logo on the roof of the Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit
- Montreal, Quebec – The phrase "hockey town" has been applied to Montreal, Quebec. Montreal has been described as the "Best Hockey City in North America." Montreal's professional team, the Canadiens, has won more Stanley Cups than any NHL team.
- Saugus, Massachusetts has a hockey rink known as "Hockey Town USA" that offers hockey leagues for a variety of age groups.
- Warroad, Minnesota, has been referred to as "Hockeytown" for over 50 years. The original and longest running "Hockeytown" Holiday Classic has been played in Warroad, Minnesota since 1994.
The phrase "hockey town" has also been applied to Boston, Massachusetts, Buffalo, New York, Chicago, Illinois, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Sarpsborg, Norway.
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