Boston truly is the Hub when it comes to NHL hockey

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With the 2019 Stanley Cup finals in full gear and the average NHL ticket now costing more than an NBA ticket, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019' Best Cities for Hockey Fans as well as accompanying videos along with its Stanley Cup Facts infographic.

To determine the best places for hockey spectators, WalletHub compared 73 U.S. cities based on two divisional categories, professional and college hockey, across 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from the performance level of the city's teams to minimum season ticket prices to stadium capacity.

Top 20 Cities for Hockey Fans
1 Boston, MA 11 St. Louis, MO
2 Detroit, MI 12 Denver, CO
3 Pittsburgh, PA 13 San Jose, CA
4 Chicago, IL 14 Philadelphia, PA
5 New York, NY 15 St. Paul, MN
6 Newark, NJ 16 Sunrise, FL
7 Anaheim, CA 17 Glendale, AZ
8 Buffalo, NY 18 Dallas, TX
9 Tampa, FL 19 Los Angeles, CA
10 Washington, DC 20 Raleigh, NC

Best vs. Worst

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning's performance level, 64.23 percent, is 1.7 times better than that of the Detroit Red Wings, at 38.62 percent.
  • The Minnesota State Mavericks' performance level, 68.37 percent, is five times better than that of the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves, at 13.73 percent.
  • Glendale, Arizona, has the lowest average ticket price for an NHL game, $72, which is 3.8 times lower than in Las Vegas, the city with the highest at $271.
  • Chicago has the highest attendance rate for NHL games, 107.20 percent, which is 1.4 times higher than in Raleigh, North Carolina, the city with the lowest at 76.70 percent.
  • Chicago has the highest team franchise value, $1,050 million, which is 3.6 times higher than in Glendale, Arizona, the city with the lowest at $290 million.

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