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Mark Amil Sertich...getting ready to take his shift on the ice.
July 18, 1921 was a dark day in the history of baseball. Eight members of the infamous Chicago "Black Sox team, including "Shoeless" Joe Jackson went on trial for their role of throwing the 1919 World Series.
But it was a bright day for the sport of ice hockey, as Mark Amil Sertich was born. "Sertie", as he became known in later years, celebrated is 94th birthday by playing hockey in Sill Arena with the Duluth Firefighters team, the group his called his teammates since the early 1980s. After an hour of competition, during which he scored a goal and had three assists, the activities moved from the ice to the Warming House for a luncheon and cake. There were more than 50 hockey players on hand to join in with a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday".
Sertie had just returned from Santa Rosa, CA where he particpated in the World Senior World Hockey tournament. He played in the 70 & older division and was the oldest player on the ice. Although no statistics are kept regarding the age of hockey players, Sertie is believed to be the oldest hockey player still playing competitive hockey and, just maybe, the oldest ever to play the sport on a competitive level.
If you're one of those who think that hockey can't be a "life sport", like golf, tennis & bocce, just ask Sertie. He'll explain the errors in your thought process.
Happy Birthday Mark! We can't wait for next year's celebration.!
The 2nd Annual Heritage Summer Hockey Classic, featuring most of the area's best hockey players and coached by Kevin Smalley and Mike Randolph, was a record-setting event. Team Smalley won the game in overtime by a 9-8 score but that in itself was not a record.
The first record to fall was the line-up, with a record numbers of current professional players (7), current college players (9 Division I; 5 Division III) and Tier 1 Juniors (8). With very few exceptions, it was some of the area's best hockey talent.
The second record was the ticket sales, with 510 adult tickets sold (students were admitted free of charge) , versus the old record of 425 and finally, what might be the world record for hockey games, the longest pre-game player introduction ever! But, given the outstanding accomplishments of the players, there was a lot to talk about.
Leading the list of professionals was Drew Leblanc, the 2012 Hobey Baker winner and former Chicago Black Hawk, who will be playing in germany for the 2015-16 season. He was joined by Rob Bordson, a member of the American Hockey League (AHL) Chicago Wolves. Adam Krause, who plays with the AHL's Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins and Southern Professional Hockey Association players Keehan Flaherty (Pensacola Ice Flyers) and Jake Johnson (Knoxville Ice Bears). Rounding our the pro group was Cloquet's Tyler Johnson and Reid Ellingson, both of whom were coming off stints in Sweden.
Six (6) of the Division I players were affiliated with teams in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), two (2) with the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) and one (1) with Hockey East.
The Tier I United States Hockey League was also well represented by players from the Dubuque Fighting Saints, Waterloo Blackhawks, Lincoln Stars, Sioux City Musketeers and Tri-City Storm.
Among the four (4) women on the teams was Leah Wrazidlo, a former Duluthian who played college hockey with the UMD women's team but made her mark in hockey wearing the stripes of a referee. Leah officiated in the Women's World Hockey Championships 2007 thru 2009 and worked the women's games during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC.
The event was held as a fundraiser for the Ray Peterson Legacy Fund (Fund). The Fund was launched in 2010 with a generous gift from Russell and Anne Strom. Strom was a member of Duluth's Wheeler Rink, where Peterson served as Director of Activies for more than 33 years. Since that time, the Fund has helped financially challenged youth participate in organized sports activies, supported youth organizations that foster integrity, teamwork and build leadership skills and has assisted high school athletes who aspited to have higher educational opportunities,
The game's proceeds added an additional $5,100 to the Fund.
DHSC Campers pose for a photo with Gordy Seitz (back row, 2nd from right). Gordy & his wife Betsy were the major benefactors of Seitz Arena.
On Friday, June 26th, the DHSC Sports campers were surprised by a vist from Gordy Seitz...the benefactor for whom Seitz Arena was named.
Gordy & his wife Betsy provided a very generous financial gift, enabling the DHSC to fit out Seitz Arena as a multi-Sports facility. The campers showed their appreciation with a loud "Thank You Mr. Seitz" cheer, followed by a round of applause.
Each year on April 1, the ice & hockey boards are removed, replaced by a 200' x 100' synthetic turf surface. The presence of turf makes the facility attractive for a variety of indoor sports in a controlled weather environment.
During "turf time", the Boys & Girls Club are the major beneficiaries of the turf but the City of Duluth and area youth soccer programs also use for their programs.
The ice & boards return by mid-Spetember in time for the hockey season.
Former UMD Bulldog standout Jamie Kenyon has been selected to lead the Duluth Northern Stars Girls Hockey team for the 2015-16 season.
Kenyon played for the Bulldogs from 2010 to 2014. She was an Assistant Captain for 2012-2013 seasons and served as Captain for the Bulldogs for the 2013-2014. Her collegiate accolades include WCHA Rookie of the Week and a two-time WCHA Player of the Week selection.
She was an attendee of the USA Hockey National Team Development Camps from 2005 to 2008 and played for the U18 U.S. Women’s Select Team in 2008 and again 2009, when her team won the Gold Medal during the World Championship.
Prior to her college career, Kenyon played for the Madison Capitols Women’s Team from 2002 to 2010, serving as the team's captain for 4 years. She was named an Academic All-Star by the Midwest Elite Hockey League and also played Western Wisconsin Blue Devils Boy’s Team from 2005 to 2010.
Coaching stints include the University of Minnesota Duluth Youth Hockey Camp and the Duluth Icebreakers.
Recently, the Dave Goldberg Family Branch of the Boys & Girls Club was added to the “Safe Place” sites in Duluth. The Goldberg Branch is housed in the Duluth Heritage Sports Center.
“Safe Place” is a refuge for youth at risk. Any young person who has run away or is in a threatening situation is able to receive assistance at any place identified by a yellow-and-black diamond shaped sign that indicates that the facility has staff that has been trained to provide this assistance.
When sought out as a place of refuge, personnel at the Boys & Girls Club will call a volunteer who will provide transportation for the young person to the Lutheran Social Service’s Bethany Crisis Shelter in Duluth. Within 30 minutes, a trained representative of the agency will visit with the youth and address the situation.
The “Safe Place” sign is located at the front of the DHSC Entry Plaza.