I am a Canadian. I was born and raised and still live in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. But I spend considerable time in the United States of America, specifically the state of Michigan. I have been following junior ... Read More...
But Professional Hockey started in the Copper Country area of Michigan up the Calumet area of the UP of Michigan.. And they have youth, high school, Division 1 & 3 College hockey and a very long history of Semi-Pro Men's hockey as well..
I will always feel that Fairbanks is one of the best...
Both UAF and The NAHL's Ice Dogs play to capacity crowds just about every home game. High School hockey is also very well supported. For the size of the market, I'd have to think that Fairbanks has the best supported hockey programs in all of North America...and I grew up hating the place.
Minneapolis-St Paul could also lay the claim as far as large markets are concerned. But after all these years, I am still having a hard time getting excited about the Minnesota Wild. The North Stars will always mean more to me than the Wild. College and high school hockey is also tremendously supported in the twin cities.
Detroit...what can I say? The only time I softened my stance on the hatred of the Red Wings was when the chauffeur wrecked the limo or when Conklin is between the pipes. That hatred was installed at birth, nothing we can do about that.
whats amazing is that even though we here in PoHo didnt attract huge numbers, we STILL had the highest attendance in the North Division last year (on average). K-zoo has more money in the community than Flint and Port Huron have combined but they still only managed a couple of hundred fans...
maybe the size of the venues (2,600 PH, 4,300 F) made the crowds LOOK smaller but they were none the less enthusiastic!
What you say may be true in comparing the 3 teams attendance David Dell but lets not forget that in Kzoo there is also a minor pro team AND a Division 1 school plus of course the NAHL team the Junior KWings.
Then there is always Warroad and Roseau, Minnesota, How many Division 1 and NHL & Olympic hockey players have come thru those two small towns?
But I I think everyone who gets the chance should watch some hockey in the Soo..And Cornwall, Ontario is a great place to watch hockey as well. But I got to watch a playoff game in the Montreal Forum way up in the nosebleed seats. What a goosebump event to have as a 15 year old hockey player back in 1980.