The Real Hockeytowns
Before the third playoff game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, ESPN's Terry Frei had a great column on the return of NHL playoff hockey to Minnesota and the Twin Cities. It's a great piece which shows how the state is the center of the sport in the US.
I'll be honest.. I'm not a fan-atic about hockey; my hometown and the surrounding area are relative rarities in the state, in that hockey is not one of the top three sports. But even so, I enjoy hockey, and I recognize (as any honest person has to) that Minnesota is the heart of hockey in the country.
Sorry, Detroit... the Twin Cities are the real Hockeytowns.