Known in many circles as Canada’s sport, hockey has many passionate fan bases not only in Canada, but also across the U.S. that love the sport’s high-speed skating and brutal playing style.

Each of these great hockey cities not only represents a great hockey culture but also offer great attractions outside the hockey arena.

Montreal: Where the Most Stanley Cup Trophies Call Home

Montreal

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The Canadiens are one of the Original Six hockey teams and their 23 Stanley Cups are by far the most of any team. Visitors can explore Montreal on the Saint Laurent River by boat and also visit the historic French section of the city.

Toronto: Home to Hockey’s Most Valuable Team

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The Maple Leafs are considered the NHL’s most valuable franchise at $1 billion and are winner of the second most Stanley Cups at 13. Must-see attractions in Toronto are the Niagara Falls and the Casa Loma, an estate designed after a medieval castle.

Boston: Home-Brewed Beer and Great Sports Culture

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The Bruins recently snapped an almost 30-year championship drought from the days of Bobby Orr, considered one of the greatest players in NHL history. To experience a skating adventure of your own, go ice skating on the Boston Common Frog Pond. Other attractions include the Sam Adams brewery and Fenway Park.

Pittsburgh: Where Super Mario and Sid the Kid Skate

Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh Penguins tickets are a hot commodity for a franchise home to two of the most iconic hockey players of the last quarter century in Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby. Visitors to the city can also experience the Duquesne Incline, a pair of uphill trolleys that has been carting visitors up Mount Washington for almost 150 years, and the Andy Warhol Museum.

Detroit: City Where the Cups and Hits Keep Coming

Detroit

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The Red Wings hold the most Stanley Cups of the NHL’s American teams with 11. Detroit is also home to the Detroit Institute of Arts, which is considered to have one of the best art collections in the U.S., and the Motown Historical Museum, which highlights the classic years of Motown Records.

New York: Where Hockey Tradition is Only Bested by the City Itself

New York

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Mark Messier led the Rangers to their first title in 54 years in 1994, backing up his guarantee to win game six of the Eastern Conference Finals with a hat trick and scoring the winning goal in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. New York is also home to the Islanders, winners of four straight Stanley Cup titles in the early 80s. New York is home to many iconic attractions, including Times Square.

When experiencing a taste of the hockey culture around North America make sure to check out these and other great hockey cities. Can you think of any other cities that are deserving of being on this list?

 

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