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The Real Hockeytown

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Hockey. Made in America. Nobody does it better than Denver.

We are the real Hockeytown, USA. I defy anyone to tell us we’re wrong.

The best hockey in the country is played along a six-mile stretch of road between the barns the Colorado Avalanche and DU Pioneers call home, in rinks where the vibe, like the lamp, is constantly lit....

Deal with it, Detroit. You’ve forfeited any legit claim to being called Hockeytown, USA.

OK, I can hear the bellyaching in the Midwest from 1,200 miles away. Yes, the Michigan Wolverines and Detroit Red Wings have both won championships in the same calendar year three times, most recently in 1998.

The Wolverines, as Sakic duly noted, are “in Ann Arbor (40 miles from Detroit)! We’re 10 minutes right down the road from DU.”

And please remind me: Do the Red Wings still play hockey?...

here’s no happier place to be a puckhead than Denver, Colorado.

We live in Hockeytown, USA.


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With you so far.

Made in America.

Um, nope.

Nobody does it better than Denver.

Well hey, they HAVE made the playoffs for five years. Oh, and they’re in the Finals AGAIN, only 21 years after their last appearance. Detroit only won two Cups and hit the Finals another time in the…what was it? 21 years since?

Yeah, Hockeytown indeed.

Deal with it, Detroit. You’ve forfeited any legit claim to being called Hockeytown, USA.

When? Was it when they bottomed out a few short seasons after Colorado bottomed out?

Posted by GMoney on 06/15/22 at 11:12 AM ET

RedMenace's avatar

We are the real Hockeytown, USA. I defy anyone to tell us we’re wrong.

You’re wrong, Mark.

Posted by RedMenace from A Tormented Hellscape on 06/15/22 at 11:30 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I was going to say something, but this isn’t even worth responding to.  It’s just foolhardy.

BTW, Mark, let’s check in again in 2 weeks.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/15/22 at 11:46 AM ET


This article does an excellent job making me want to root against Colorado.

Posted by JL72 on 06/15/22 at 12:05 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

Yawn. Wake us up when you have double digit Cups.

Posted by Steeb on 06/15/22 at 12:39 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

What a tool you are Kizla.  You believe the cup is in your team’s hands already. A cup you haven’t seen in 21 years. You weep so much when your dirty player reaped what he sowed a few weeks ago, now you demand respect that hasn’t been earned or have a tradition of. A team that has been in your state since 1995? A team that retires jersey numbers of players who had 2 years in their system?  Meh. Get back with us when you have at least 50 years in the league.

Posted by cigar_nurse from On LTIR for the Greenville Pylons on 06/15/22 at 01:11 PM ET

SYF's avatar

And I can guarantee you, Kiszla, more than 75% of Dives fans would tell you to STFU.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/15/22 at 02:05 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar


Go Yzerbolts.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 06/15/22 at 03:11 PM ET

Chet's avatar

This is so thirsty and desperate

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 06/15/22 at 04:24 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

He always was an idiot. He proved it today. LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 06/15/22 at 05:57 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

says the team that moved from a canadian city to be where they are. SCHMUCKS! nice try.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 06/15/22 at 09:36 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

This is pretty simple: many teams make a claim to “hockeytown.”

And every time, they have to acknowledge that they are trying to take the title away from one team…the Detroit Red Wings.

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/15/22 at 09:53 PM ET


This guy is far more of a troll than a journalist.

If you want to look at what hockey coverage can
be like, I’d suggest The Edmonton Journal’s Cult of Hockey.
Those guys are diehard fans who nonetheless usually play it straight
and evaluate both the Oilers and their opponents in an evenhanded,
insightful way.

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/15/22 at 10:30 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Hockey. Made in America

Nope. It was, however, made in the UK.

Since we’ve established how wrong this is, it’s safe to assume the entire opinion piece is wrong.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/15/22 at 11:31 PM ET

Thag's avatar

I guess there’s no hockey to report on in Denver, so this clown takes the low road and trash talks for no apparent reason.

Posted by Thag from DC on 06/16/22 at 08:18 AM ET

igrover's avatar

Denver is a football town, always has been always will be.  On the days before the finals started the lead sports story in Denver was not the Dives but the new owners of the Broncos.

Posted by igrover on 06/17/22 at 11:12 PM ET


Folks with serious inferiority complexes tend to talk like this, thinking that if they say something often enough and say it loud enough people will pay attention.  Detroit’s history more than entitles the city to its nickname.  If you need one, go find your own. Cut the crap.  “Hockeytown” is taken.  End of report.

Posted by Wing Dingy on 06/19/22 at 10:39 PM ET

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