A drop from No. 9 among NCAA cities to 15th has Colorado Springs ranked 34th overall out of 72 U.S. cities in the 2017 Best Cities for Hockey Fans rankings.
Colorado Springs was rated 29th overall and ninth among NCAA cities in 2016.
For what it's worth, the rankings are compiled by the personal finance website WalletHub, which determine the best places for hockey spectators.
The website compared 72 U.S. cities based on two divisional categories, including professional and college hockey, across 19 key metrics. The data set ranges from the performance level of the city’s teams to minimum season ticket prices to stadium capacity.
The top cities for hockey fans are: 1. Detroit; 2. Boston' 3. Pittsburgh; 4. Anaheim; and 5. St. Louis. Denver is No. 19 overall.
The worst are: No. 72 Springfield, Mass; No. 71, Kalamazoo, Mich.; No. 70 Omaha, Neb.; No. 69 Huntsville, Ala.; and No. 68 Waltham, Mass.
The Colorado Avalanche are ranked No. 19 out of 22 American NHL franchises with Washington No. 1.
The best-performing NCAA cities are: No. 1 Grand Forks, N.D.; No. 2 Denver; No. 3 Cambridge, Mass; No. 4 Pittsburgh; and No. 5 Houghton, Mich.
Clearly the NHL rankings weighed far more in the overall rating than college with several NHL cities not blessed to have a local college hockey team, let alone two like the Pikes Peak region.
It also shows that metrics may not reflect reality: Grand Forks did not crack the overall top 72 and there are few cities with a more vibrant hockey fan base (NHL and college) than there.