Verizon Ranks Hockey-Friendliest U.S. Cities Among NHL Team Hometowns

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DALLAS - New York City, home of the New York Rangers, has the most interest in hockey among National Hockey League franchise cities in the United States. Denver, home of The Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis, the home of the St. Louis Blues, rank second and third, respectively. That's according to a survey conducted by Verizon as the league and its teams prepare to resume play Oct. 5 after a year's hiatus.

To find the hockey-friendliest U.S. cities, Verizon compared its "Hockey" listings for each NHL team's hometown.

"We thought this would be a fun way to celebrate the long-awaited return of professional hockey in the U.S.," said Scott Laver, president of, a popular Internet directory and shopping site.

Laver, an avid Stars and Canucks fan, explained that the survey is not intended to predict how good the various NHL teams are or will be. "Tampa Bay and Detroit led their conferences at the end of the 2003-2004 season, but their hometowns rank toward the bottom of our list," Laver said. "We're sure each team can boast the most vocal and supportive fans. The rankings simply show how many hockey-related resources are listed on in each franchise city."

Dallas, Verizon's home ice, ranked number 15 in the listings. Canadian franchise cities were not surveyed because they are not part of's comprehensive database of U.S. businesses.

"We certainly know their claim that it's Canada's Game," Laver added. "However, we will let the season speak for itself."

Here is the list, including the ranking, team name, home ice and number of listings.

  1. New York (51) Home of the New York Rangers

  2. Denver (42) Home of the Colorado Avalanche

  3. St. Louis (32) Home of the St. Louis Blues

  4. (tie) Pittsburgh (30) Home of the Pittsburgh Penguins

  5. St. Paul (30) Home of the Minnesota Wild

  6. Philadelphia (26) Home of the Philadelphia Flyers

  7. (tie) Nashville (21) Home of the Nashville Predators

  8. Columbus (21) Home of the Columbia Blue Jackets

  9. (tie) Anaheim (20) Home of the Mighty Ducks

  10. Buffalo (20) Home of the Buffalo Sabres

  11. Chicago (18) Home of the Chicago Blackhawks

  12. Raleigh (17) Home of the Carolina Hurricanes

  13. Boston (16) Home of the Boston Bruins

  14. Phoenix (15) Home of the Phoenix Coyotes

  15. Dallas (14) Home of the Dallas Stars

  16. San Jose(12) Home of the San Jose Sharks

  17. (tie) Sunrise/Fort Lauderdale (11) Home of the Florida Panthers

  18. Detroit (11) Home of the Detroit Red Wings

  19. Los Angeles (11) Home of the Los Angeles Kings

  20. Atlanta (11) Home of the Atlanta Thrashers

  21. Tampa (10) Home of the Tampa Bay Lightning

  22. Uniondale/Hempstead (9) Home of the New York Islanders

  23. Newark (8) Home of the New Jersey Devils

  24. Washington, DC (7) Home of the Washington Capitals

The rankings are based on the total number of hockey-related business listings in each city. Some of the categories checked include:

  • Ice Hockey Equipment & Supplies

  • Ice Hockey Clubs & Instruction

  • Ice Skating Rinks & Instruction

"These listings represent hundreds of hockey-related businesses nationwide," Laver said. "And each business listed on is entitled to a free Business Profile."

Profiles describe the company, list its address and telephone number. Profiles also provide additional valuable details such as hours of operation, credit cards accepted, brands carried and a link to the company's Web site if they have one. "If they don't have a site, we can build and host one for them." Laver said.

About Verizon

Dallas-based Verizon Information Services, a division of Verizon Communications Corp. (NYSE: VZ), is the nation's most advanced provider of yellow pages and related shopping information. It has $3.6 billion in revenues from products including: Verizon SuperPages yellow pages; Verizon (, the nation's best Internet directory and a leading online shopping resource; and the SuperPages On the Go information directory offered through Verizon Wireless Get It Now services and on other wireless carriers. The company is the largest publisher of Hispanic directories in the U.S. and the first to provide a Hispanic online shopping resource (

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