The number-crunchers at took on the task of ranking the best hockey towns in America, and when all the math was done it turned out that three of the Top-10 puck-a-licious cities -- including St. Cloud -- are appropriately right here in the State of Hockey. Here's the list: looked at data on fan intensity and quality of life in the 123 U.S. cities or towns that are home to NHL, AHL, ECHL or NCAA Division I hockey teams.

On 8th ranked St. Cloud, said:

Stearns County, Minnesota, in which Saint Cloud is located, is home to more than 160 lakes and numerous ponds. It isn’t unusual on a sunny winter day to see hockey players zooming around one of these natural rinks, trying to put the biscuit in the basket. Indeed, over the weekend of January 29th, Saint Cloud hosted the Granite City Pond Hockey Championship, an outdoor hockey tournament for players of all ages.

St. Cloud jumped 15 spots from #23 in last years rankings to #8 in 2016. In addition to St. Cloud, Mankato, and Bemidji -- all in the Top-10, St. Paul came in at #12, and Duluth came in at #18.

Go Huskies!