When the Minnesota Vikings and Polaris bring their 2016 Winter Fest to Duluth next February, one major stop on their itinerary will be the Duluth Heritage Sports Center (DHSC).
On Saturday, February 20, the DHSC will be the major venue for the Winter Fest. A group of current and former Viking football players, led by retired Viking all-pro linebacker E. J. Henderson, will be conducting a youth football camp on the turf in Seitz Arena, Viking cheerleaders with Viking’s Mascot Viktor will participate in a community open skate in Sill Area, while Polaris will exhibit its products in the DHSC parking lot. All of these DHSC events are free to the public!
Henderson, who spent nine seasons (2003-11) as a linebacker with the Vikings, now serves the Vikings community relations team as the Youth Football Manager. In this capacity, he helps develop new community-based youth football initiatives, adds focus on health and safety issues and works to expand Vikings programming in Greater Minnesota. Presently, it’s planned that the camp will be held in two sessions…one at 10 AM for youth ages 8-12 and one at 11:45 AM for 13-17 years of age. Participation will be limited, so please be sure to register now at http://www.vikings.com/winterfest
Meanwhile, at 10:45 in Sill Arena, community youth & their families will have the chance to skate with Vikings cheerleaders and Viktor. In addition, cheerleaders and mascots from our local schools will also be on hand to mix in with the skating fun, with a background of music and lights adding to the atmosphere.
Fans preferring to stay outdoors to enjoy the winter weather will have the opportunity to see and ride on the latest snowmobile offerings from Polaris. This event will be held from 10 AM in a special reserved area of the DHSC parking lot, with representatives from both the Polaris factory and Duluth Lawn & Sports on hand to answer questions.
In addition to the festivities at the DHSC, the Polaris-Vikings Winter Fest 2016 offers a complete variety of events, starting on Friday, Feb. 19, with KFAN’s broadcast of the Paul Allen show at 9 AM, live from Grandma’s Sports Garden and wrapping up on Sunday, February 21, with a $40,000 Prize Party held in the DHSC’s Sill Arena.
For additional information and a complete schedule of all events, check out the Minnesota Vikings web site at http://www.vikings.com/winterfest
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Mitch Korn, Washington Capitals Goaltender Coach, will once again be bringing is nationally renown goaltender and defenseman camps to Duluth. The dates for the camp are June 11-14, 2016.
This marks the 16th year Mitch and his associates will bring the experience gathered over 25 years in the National Hockey League to our area. During his distinguished career, Mitch has coached such notable netminders as Dominic Hasek (retired), Pekka Rinne (Nashville) and Grant Fuhr (Phoenix). Unlike most camps bearing the names of "famous names" where the "famous" traditionally only make a brief appearance, Mitch Korn is on the ice for the entire camp.
Reservations will be accepted on line starting January 11, 2016. These popular camps will fill early. Click on the logo to make your reservation early!!
Mark Sertich taking a break at home amidst symbols of his on-ice accomplishments
The highly popular CBS News "On The Road" crew was in Duluth on Friday, October 2 to visit with Duluth's elder statesman for ice hockey, Mark Sertich.
The CBS crew walked into the DHSC at 8:00 AM. They indicated that filming a 94 year old man who is capable of playing competitive ice hockey definitely has a human-interest attraction and CBS was excited to have the chance to meet with Mark and hear his story.
In addition to filming Mark in action on the ice, the crew visited with those who skate with him daily and also visited his home. They also took a lot of photos of the DHSC, departing at 4:00 PM, leaving us with "swelled heads" after hearing all of their highly positive comments about our facility.
They were unsure when the show featuring mark would be telecast but we'll be watching CBS news on until it is. If you miss it live, the "Mark Sertich" show may be seen on line at www.cbsnews.com/latest/evening-news/on-the-road/.
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.