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On December 13, 2014, a gathering of former alumni was on hand at the DHSC to witness the unveiling of the Duluth East Commemorative Hockey Arch, a montage of photos and clippings that depicts the school’s storied hockey history.
Since its program began in 1950, the Greyhounds have made 21 state tournament appearances, winning three state titles. Among its hockey alumni, the ‘Hounds claim, three former Olympians , three former NHL players, 15 Minnesota Mr. Hockey finalists, one Mr. Hockey winner (Dave Spehar – 1996), two Frank Brimsek Award winners as the state’s top goalie (Kyle Kolquist – 1997; Adam Coole, 1998) and two Associated Press Top Minnesota High School Player of the Year Awards (Spehar – 1996; Jake Randolph – 2012).
The Greyhounds have not experienced a season with a losing record since 1953. The team’s current head coach, Mike Randolph is one of seven Minnesota High School coaches who have achieved 500 wins or more in his career.
During the 2014-15 high school hockey season, every time a Duluth High School Hockey team scores a power play goal, the cost of a college education for four (4) Duluth High School seniors becomes more affordable!
Through a special arrangement with the Duluth Heritage Sports Center Foundation (DHSCF), Patrick D. Francisco & Associates, a financial advisory firm helping people create sound retirement strategies, will provide a financial donation with each power play goal during the regular season to help fund four $500 scholarships to be presented to both male & female student athletes from Duluth Denfeld & Duluth East high schools.
Male athlete scholarships will be awarded through the Ray Peterson Fund. The female scholarships will be awarded in the name of former Duluth school teachers Thomas & Kathleen Gibson. The DHSCF administers both funds.
Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of citizenship, academic performance and athletic participation in any interscholastic sport, as determined by members of the school’s faculty.
The scholarship program will be promoted during each high school home game as the “Power Play Payoff”, presented by Patrick D. Francisco & Associates. All proceeds, without exception, will benefit the scholarship funds.
Thanks to generous terms from Sinnott Blacktop, LLC, portions of the DHSC's western parking lots received a new seal coating and new white lines. As the 2014 driveway coating season drew to a close, Scott Sinnott, the firm's Vice President, found his company had too much inventory to carry over the winter months. According to Sinnott, the material doesn't store well for prolonged periods and rather than see it wasted, he thought of the DHSC's parking lot.
For a price that covered labor and paint supplies, Sinnott crews repaired all major cracks, sealed the designated portions of the parking lot and laid down new white lines for both general parking and handicapped parking.There was sufficient material to cover the portions along the vacant lot this year, with the larger portion of the lot scheduled for seal coating next summer.
In addition to special pricing, Sinnott also provided special terms for payment so that the DHSC could amend its FY 2015 budget to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
When you park in our lot and see the new surface and lines, be sure to remember Sinnott Blacktop. They're just another outstanding example of Duluth's business community giving back to make our city a better place.
Denfeld Fun Skate 2014 Fun time skating with the Denfeld Hunters with all the games and food.
In the heyday of youth outdoor skating, no rink was complete without having a “warming shack” as a place to lace up the skates and dry the mittens and no warming shack was complete without having a wood fueled potbellied stove to provide the warmth. Thanks to the a recent gift by the Dennis Hoel family of Duluth, the DHSC’s Warming House, the area that’s located within Sill Arena and regularly used for parties & meetings, became “official” with the addition of its own potbellied stove.
The stove is a Peninsular Oak Model 118 that’s been in the Hoel family since it was new. Our best guess puts the age of the stove in the vicinity of 70+ years and, until it was donated to us, it was in usable condition. It now sits in a prominent position in the Warming House, perched upon a brick hearth, complete with a non-functioning chimney for effect.
Although it will not ever be stoked again, the stove’s presence provides some visual “warmth” to the room and has sparked a renewed effort to add some ambiance to the Warming House. Currently, the DHSC staff is searching through its storehouse of artifacts for items that will add to the “warming shack” theme.
The posters on the wall on each side of the stove are symbolic of the DHSC’s awards as the “Best Barn” and “Best Ambassador” for the State of Hockey. For more information on these awards, please click on the “news” tab at the top of the page.
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.
The inaugural KICKS FOR KIDS soccer classic will be held in the DHSC's Seitz Arena on Saturday, March 28. The event, which benefits the Boys & Girls Club of the Northland, will consist of boys & girls teams in the U10-U14 age divisions. Please refer to the "Indoor Soccer" tab on this page for further information.