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Best hockey cities

Pittsburgh is the home of the 2013 Frozen Four.

Pittsburgh is the home of the 2013 Frozen Four.

If you are a hockey fan, it is likely you are looking to move to a city that gets you all of the ice action you can handle. With the National Hockey League season heating up, as well as the NCAA college hockey tournament on the horizon, now could be a perfect time to grab your moving boxes and relocate to a city that loves the sport. With so many options, you may have some difficulty figuring out what is your best choice, but there may be something on this list that encourages you to contact your moving company.

Minneapolis/St. Paul
If there is a place in the United States that is a center for hockey at all levels, it is Minnesota. The state takes its hockey very seriously, and there are many ways to watch it. If you are thinking about moving to the Twin Cities, you will be able to take in the NHL's Wild, that plays in the Xcel Energy Center, which is in St. Paul. If you want to head to Minneapolis, you can find the University of Minnesota there, which plays some of the best hockey in the country.

Another hockey staple is tucked away in the Northeast. Boston has plenty of hockey, and in the city, everyone knows about the NHL's Bruins. The team plays in the TD Garden, which is also the home of the local Beanpot tournament. The college hockey tournament pits four of the city's Division I hockey-playing schools against one another in the middle of the season. Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University and Northeastern University battle it out every year in February for the title. There are also plenty of other hockey teams within a short distance, such as The University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

The Mid-Atlantic may not immediately come off as a hockey hotbed, but there are several cities in the area that would prove you wrong. One of these, Philadelphia, is covered in hockey history. The city is the home to the NHL's Flyers, who play in the Wells Fargo Center. For those who like the American Hockey League, the Flyers' affiliate will be playing in nearby Allentown in 2014. There is also college hockey nearby as both Princeton University and Penn State University have teams.

New York
Hockey in New York is famous for many reasons, but the main reason may be Madison Square Garden. The arena is home to the NHL's Rangers, one of the most popular teams in the league. However, it is not the only professional team representing the city, as the NHL's Islanders also call the area home. Currently, the team plays in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, but the team is moving to the much more accessible Barclays Center in Brooklyn by 2015. If you prefer college hockey, there are also plenty of teams just north of the city, located in both Southwest Connecticut and Eastern New York.

Another popular hockey city is located in Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh is the home of the NHL's Penguins, and the team plays in the Consol Energy Arena. This arena is the center of hockey in the area, as it will be the home of the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four, and is also the annual home of the Three Rivers Classic. That tournament, which began in 2012, is a showcase for local college teams Robert Morris University and Penn State University, and have visiting teams from around the country.