Houghton Makes List of Best Cities for Hockey
It will certainly come as no surprise to anyone who has shouted "Sieve, Sieve, Sieve" to an opposing goalie or locked arms for the "Blue Skirt Waltz" before the start of the third period, that Houghton is listed among 2016's Best Cities for Hockey Fans.
The list is compiled on the website WalletHub.com and ranks all U.S. cities with either NHL or NCAA Div. I hockey teams.
Houghton checks in at No. 25 of 72 cities listed with a score of 13.24. Houghton has an NHL ranking of 23 but comes in at No. 4 among college hockey cities.
The cities were ranked using a total of 17 key metics that ranged from ticket prices to stadium capacity to the performance level of each city's team.
Houghton was ranked No. 2 in "Highest College Hockey Fan Engagement," trailing only Ann Arbor.
Husky Hockey Coach Mel Pearson says the fans are the main reason for the recognition.
"Without a doubt we have the best fans in college hockey. The atmosphere in the MacInnes on game night is second to none. Thank You Husky fans."
A total of eight Michigan cities made the list, headed by Detroit which ranked No. 1 over all. Three U.P. communities made the cut. Houghton at No. 25, Sault Ste. Marie at No. 37 and Marquette at No. 47.
Season tickets for the 2016-17 season are currently on sale. Fans have until July 1 to renew or purchase new season tickets at the reduced early bird rate of $204. Go to BuyHuskiesTickets.com for more information.