Boston Ranked As The Best City For Hockey Fans
Last week, the Boston Bruins officially started their season training camp at Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton. We are just over two weeks away from their first game of the season vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. WalletHub published their 2023 best cities for hockey fans, and Boston finished number one.
“We ranked 75 U.S. cities based on 21 key indicators of a good hockey city,” WalletHub explained. Within those categories examined, their data focuses on everything from ticket prices to team performances in the NHL and NCAA.
Before we take a closer look at what made Boston the best city for hockey fans, let’s identify some of the other factors to consider here. To start, even youth hockey has already started in Massachusetts. In fact, in many regions, the kids start hockey before the NHL season begins. Their season then runs all the way through March. This is relevant because it emphasizes how the sport is arguably promoted to up-and-coming players for a longer period of time throughout the year than any other sport.
Then, there are the benefits to the New England winter conditions. In addition to rinks, there are frozen ponds and public spaces for players to jump on and practice their skating skills.
Boston’s Total Hockey Score
Overall, Boston finished with a score of 61.02 in WalletHub’s analysis. This edged out Pittsburgh (#2) by a significant margin. The Boston Bruins won the NHL performance category. Boston is well-represented in the NCAA rinks as well. In addition to Boston University, Northeastern, Boston College, and Harvard consistently have strong programs, and the teams meet in the Beanpot tournament every February.
Finally, there’s the Frozen Fenway events. This is where major college programs face off inside the landmark of Fenway Park. The NHL Winter Classic was also held at Fenway last year (for the second time).
When the puck drops at the TD Garden on October 11, this Bruins team will be looking to redeem that early playoff exit from last year and make this season a memorable one.