I'm taking nothing away from other U.S. states nor Canada in terms of hockey tradition, but I do feel it right to bring this up for consideration. I truly believe that, though it be my native state, the state of Michigan is truly worthy of being known as one of the most, and likely THE most, influential hockey state among the United States. One who lives here could see this in any of its sections; from Hockeytown to Traverse; from Grand Rapids to Sault St. Marie (MI). Its legacy is still budding in schools such as U-M & MSU; Mich. Tech & Ferris St.; Lake Superior & Grand Valley; among others. It was in the town of Houghton that a pair of teams would meet in 1903 and establish the most popular form of hockey today. For more about it, look here: http://www.cchockeyhistory.org/hockeyhistory.htm Throughout all of the years during which it has contributed, one would probably find it difficult to diminish Michigan's place in hockey history to less than any other place (outside of Canada).