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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:

  • 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 many 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.
  • Detroit, Michigan – The phrase "Hockeytown," when combined with the distinctive winged wheel logo of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, is a registered trademark owned by the franchise.[4]
  • Montreal, Quebec[5] has been described as the "Best Hockey City in North America."[6] The first indoor ice hockey game was played in the city, on 3 March 1875. The formalized modern sport of ice hockey originated in Montreal in 1877.[7]
  • O'Leary, Prince Edward Island has been described as "Hockeytown PEI".[8]
  • Warroad, Minnesota has been referred to as "Hockeytown" for over 50 years.[9] The Hockeytown Holiday Classic has been played in Warroad since 1994.[10]
  • Nashville, Tennessee was referred to as a kind of Hockeytown in May, 2017.[11]
  • Berlin, New Hampshire Earned the title in 2002, after almost 90 years of a rich hockey history. Claims to be the breeding ground for some of the best player. [12]

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] Pardubice, Czech Republic[16] and Nashville, Tennessee.[17]


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  3. ^ "2008 Inductee Jim Matthews - Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, Parry Sound, Ontario". Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved February 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Fee, Kevin (May 10, 1999). "Detroit Snatches 'Hockeytown' name from Warroad, Minn". Knight Ridder/ Tribune Business news. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012.
  5. ^ "Sports Magazine | Toronto Sports Magazine | Online Sports Magazine Canada | TORO Online Magazine". Archived from the original on May 17, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  6. ^ "NHL: 10 Best Hockey Cities in North America". Bleacher Report. November 22, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  7. ^ "First indoor game of ice hockey". History Channel.
  8. ^ Hockeytown PEI
  9. ^ Kurtt, Kevin. "Would the real Hockeytown USA please stand up? please". Web article. Retrieved March 22, 2011.
  10. ^ 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
  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.
  14. ^ a b c "New Hockeytown, USA". Retrieved February 5, 2015.
  15. ^ "Velkommen til Hockeytown". Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  16. ^ "Legendární Larionov si v Česku užil ovace: Pardubice jsou Hockeytown". Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  17. ^ "Suddenly, Nashville is a hockey town". Associated Press article, published at Chicago Sun-Times News. Retrieved June 2, 2017.