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Survey gives Pittsburgh's hockey-town reputation a shot in the arm

Jonathan Bombulie
| Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 3:45 p.m.
Fans cheers as the Penguins take the ice against the Flyers on Friday, April 20, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Fans cheers as the Penguins take the ice against the Flyers on Friday, April 20, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.

Don't worry, Pittsburgh. Your status as one of the country's top hockey towns is secure.

Pittsburgh was ranked the third-best hockey city in the United States, behind only Boston and Detroit, in a survey released Wednesday by wallethub.com.

Last month, mortgage company smartassets.com released a survey provocatively rating Pittsburgh as the third-best hockey town in the state of Pennsylvania behind State College and Hershey. The survey was based on fan intensity and quality of life metrics.

Wallethub.com's rankings were much more thorough. They took into account performance based-factors like Stanley Cups and division championships, coaching longevity, ticket prices, attendance and much more.

Using those figures, Pittsburgh rated as the country's second-best pro hockey town behind Detroit and 26th best town for college hockey.

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at jbombulie@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.

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