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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 ice 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."[1][2] The term has been used to describe the following cities:

The phrase "hockey town" has also been applied to Boston, Massachusetts;[13] Buffalo, New York,[14] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;[14] Saint Paul, Minnesota;[14] Sarpsborg, Norway;[15] and Nashville, Tennessee.[16]


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  11. ^ Godfrey, Steven. "Nashville became its own kind of hockeytown". Web article. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
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  13. ^ "Boston Bruins: Can Hockey Supplant Sox, Celtics and Patriots in Fans' Hearts?". Bleacher Report. June 2, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
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  15. ^ "Velkommen til Hockeytown". Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  16. ^ "Suddenly, Nashville is a hockey town". Associated Press article, published at Chicago Sun-Times News. Retrieved June 2, 2017.