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Penguins Fans #1, Pittsburgh #3 for Hockey Fans



Penguins Parade: Photo By daveynin from United States - CC BY 2.0,

If you love a good puck, Pittsburgh has firmly established itself as one of the most puckable cities in the United States. Based on an expert survey by, Penguins fans have an insatiable appetite for hockey, and the city places just behind hockey hotbeds Boston and Detroit for pucked up fans.

Pittsburgh finished ahead of New York, Chicago and Newark (Newark?! I didn’t realize they were pucking serious).

Penguins fans, by an aggregate of Twitter followers and Facebook likes per capita are the most engaged fan base in the NHL…as any journalist who dared mention Phil Kessel trade talk will tell you. We definitely had a pucking clue.

Pittsburgh earned the bronze medal when all hockey levels including D1 hockey programs are factored, local team success, ticket prices, franchise value, Stanley Cup wins, arena capacity, and the number of coaches over the past 10 years.

Boy, you should be glad they kept Dan Bylsma that extra year. But, if the Vegas Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup, would that be a partial count for the Penguins, too?

Fittingly, based on team metrics this season, Pittsburgh finished behind Washington and Vegas, for pucks sake.

Enough puck puns. Perhaps if the Lions ever again win more than a few games, Pittsburgh will leapfrog past Detroit and into Boston’s hockey stratosphere.

For now, Penguins fans can claim, they’re number #1…Which of course is what Capitals fans have been signaling to Pens fans for years.

Well done, Pittsburgh.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Matt Luda
Matt Luda
4 years ago

The person who predicted MAF would gag in the Stanley Cup Final sure did nail it.

Oh, wait, that was me!

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