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It can get cold in Michigan. Really cold. That said, it’s not a big surprise that we are known for our hockey up here. I dislike winter very much, but do enjoy the fact that there’s hockey to enjoy during the cold months.

As it turns out, Michigan has one of the best cities for hockey in the entire U.S. The folks at WalletHub recently released their report for the top hockey cities for fans. “For all the diehard and rookie fans, WalletHub crunched the numbers to determine the best places for hockey enthusiasts,” they state in the study. “We ranked 72 U.S. cities based on 21 key indicators of a good hockey city. Our data set ranges from ticket prices to stadium capacity to the performance level of each city’s teams.”

As for methodology, WalletHub compared 72 U.S. cities across two divisional categories, NHL (Division I Men’s) and NCAA (Division I Men’s). They picked cities with at least one college or professional hockey team. They then evaluated each divisional category using 21 relevant metrics, and each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for hockey fans. “The weight for each divisional category is based on its popularity, which we determined by summing the number of ‘likes’ for all the teams in each category and calculating the proportion that each league represents in total,” they add.

So, which Michigan city is on top? Detroit came in at No. 3 on the list with a total score of 49.56. It’s only behind Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at No. 2 and Boston, Massachusetts, at No. 1. Several other Michigan cities made the list, too, including Ann Arbor at No. 26, Houghton at No. 27, East Lansing at No. 34, Big Rapids at No. 36, Sault Ste. Marie at No. 41, Marquette at No. 62 and Kalamazoo at No. 70. Find the full list here.

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Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!