St. Louis Named a Top 5 Hockey City
St. Louis’ love for hockey is on the rise. New rankings declare St. Louis to be one of the nation’s best hockey towns.
In St. Louis, hockey takes a backseat to baseball. Which makes sense, since the Cardinals are one of the most decorated franchise in four major North American sports. Their 11 World Series wins tie them for fifth all-time in championships, putting them in the same class as other marquee sports teams like the New York Yankees (27 wins), Montreal Canadiens (24), Boston Celtics (17), Los Angeles Lakers (16), Toronto Maple Leafs (13), and Detroit Red Wings (11).
All the big stars, great plays, and feel-good victories over the years have made St. Louis a baseball town. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not a hockey town.
WalletHub has put out their list of the best cities for hockey fans, using things like ticket prices, team success, and fan engagement to come up with their set of rankings, a set of rankings that name St. Louis the fifth best city in the U.S. for hockey fans. St. Louis was able to beat out such cities as Chicago, Philadelphia, and Nashville.
Over the last 10 years, the Blues have made changes that lead to steady improvements that brought them closer to the city. During the 2011-12 season, they made the playoffs after missing the postseason the previous two years, and, in 2012, they completed a $120-million-dollar sale of the team. Also, in 2012 and 2015, they won two division championships and they made the Conference Finals last year.
This year, after blitzing the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the playoffs, they lost to a red-hot Nashville Predators team. A lot of factors have gone into St. Louis becoming more of the hockey town, but none of them more important than recent team success. St. Louis has grown hungry for more hockey, and the Blues keep feeding our appetite.
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