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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 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 refers to the following cities:

  • Binghamton, New York has been referred to as Hockey Town 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 Hockey Town USA.[3] Binghamton is home to an American Hockey League franchise.
Hockeytown logo on the roof of the Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit

The phrase "hockey town" has also been applied to Boston, Massachusetts,[9] Buffalo, New York,[10] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,[10] Saint Paul, Minnesota,[10] and Sarpsborg, Norway.[11]


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  8. ^ Tribune, Star, "Hockey Hub MN Boys High School Hockey 2011-2012 Tournaments 18th Annual "Hockeytown" Holiday Classic (Dec.28-30), Warroad.", Web article official schedule,, retrieved September 21, 2012 
  9. ^ "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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  11. ^ "Velkommen til Hockeytown". Retrieved February 5, 2015.