Please note the schedule change for today's boys hockey game between Denfeld and Red Wing:
Varsity - 5:15 PM - Sill Arena
JV - 7:30 PM - Sill Arena
Dr. V. George Nagobads, noted sports physician who has served as team doctor for Olympic, college and professional hockey teams, will visit the Duluth Heritage Sports Center on November 27 & 28 to present his recently published “Gold, Silver, Bronze”, an autobiography about his experiences as a “hockey doc”.
Dr. Nagobads is best known for his role with the 1980 Olympic “Miracle on Ice” hockey team but he also served the teams during the 1968, 1972, 1984 and 1988 Olympics. He started his medical career in hockey with the 1958-59 Minnesota Golden Gophers team, a post he held until his retirement in 1992. In addition to the Olympics, Dr. Nagobads also served 15 U.S. Men’s National teams over a span of 23 years. He was the team physician for the first ever Women’s National Team, the silver medal winner at the 1990 IIHF World Women’s Championship.
In addition, 5 U.S. Junior National Teams, 2 Canada Cup Teams, the 1988 U.S. Under-17 Select Team and the 1989 Spengler Cup Team all were under the watchful eye of Dr. Nagobads. Simultaneous to his duties with the Gophers, he was the team physician to the Minnesota Fighting Saints (1973-76) and the Minnesota North Stars (1984-92). In 1984, Dr.Nagobads was named as USA Hockey’s Chief Medical officer, a title he held until 1992. He is a member of the U. S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Dr. Nagobad’s book will be available for sale at the DHSC on Friday, November 27 from 6-9 PM and on Saturday, November 28 from 2-5 PM. The book has been sold on line at the price of $35 per copy but will be available at the DHSC, autographed by the author, for $30 each.
On November 27, a gathering of former Morgan Park alumni will gather at the DHSC to celebrate the unveiling of the Morgan Park Commemorative Hockey Arch, a montage of photos and clippings that depicts the school’s storied hockey history. The arch was made possible through donations from more than 200 Morgan Park Alumni.
After almost 100 years of service, Morgan Park High School closed in 1982, with its current students being relocated to Duluth Denfeld. In its time, the Wildcats developed a number of players who went on to accomplish great things in the sport of ice hockey. Among them is USA Hockey Hall of Famer Larry Ross, who is best known for his stellar coaching career in International Falls, where he won 566 games, taking the Broncos to the Minnesota State High School Hockey tournament 13 times, with 6 championships. Others who had notable Division 1 careers were Jim Liston (1975-78) - Harvard, and Billy Watt (1967-70) and Jim Watt (1969-72) - Michigan State University. Jim also spent some time with the NHL's St. Louis Blues.
The Morgan Park arch will keep the Wildcat hockey memories alive for many generations to come.
This map indicates the locations of all of Duluth's past & present community outdoor rinks
On Saturday, December 5th, former members of the Lester Park Hockey Association (LPHA) will gather at the DHSC to celebrate their contribution which helped establish a map of all of Duluth’s past & present community outdoor rinks…37 rinks in all. The commemoration of the map will occur at approximately 2:45 PM, prior to the Duluth East vs. Andover high school hockey game. All former LPHA members will be provided with free admission to the game, and treated to some light refreshment in the DHSC’s Warming House. Pre-registration is required by calling 218-464-1711 and speak with either Shari or Marge
Under governance of the Duluth Amateur Hockey Association (DAHA), LPHA was located at the easternmost edge of Duluth’s network of neighborhood community hockey rinks (See no. 1 on the map). After more than 60 years, succumbing to the pressures of an aging facility and a declining population, LPHA dissolved in 2012. The map showing Duluth’s “Outdoor Skating Rinks, Past & Present” was prepared through a generous donation by LPHA to commemorate not only their efforts, but the efforts of all of Duluth’s many volunteers who freely share their time & talents to build & maintain their neighborhood rinks.
In addition to the Duluth East varsity and JV hockey games, the 2015 “Spirit of Duluth” invitational youth hockey tournament is also being played. Lester Park was the birthplace of the “Spirit”, launched in 1977, which has grown to be Duluth’s most prominent and long-standing youth hockey tournament. The tournament features some of the finest Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams from the entire region and Canada.
Our Admin team has received a boost with the addition of Margaret Back. Marge, as she prefers to be called, joins our office support team as a full time seasonal associate. She will assist Shari Olson by performing general office duties, including facilities scheduling.
Marge has a vast background in both office management and accounting and will strengthen our efforts to provide unmatched customer service.
She's a Denfeld graduate and lives in Lake Nebagamon, WI
We're pleased to welcome Don Johnson as our newest member of our Arena Maintenance team. Don brings with him six (6) years of Zamboni driving experience through his association with the Bloomington (MN) Ice Gardens, where he served as a crew supervisor. He’s also been well-schooled in general facility maintenance and has been trained in CPR/AED and Basic First Aid for adults, children & infants. He will join our part-time team for both ice and building maintenance.
Don is a 2014 UMD grad who has recently returned to Duluth to further his education.
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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/.
At it's September 23rd meeting, the DHSC Board of Directors adopted a policy to permit adult-specific beverages (beer & wine) to be served and consumed within the DHSC facility. This policy was adopted in response to a rise in requests for rentals by smaller adult party groups where the service of beer & wine is a part of the hospitality.
"It's important that we remember we're primarily a place for kids.", stated DHSC President Jerry DeMeo. "We'll be quite specific about where and how adult beverages are served and constantly alert to ensure that the policy established by the Board is strictly adhered to, especially that portion of the policy dealing with security!"
The protocol for the service and consumption of adult beverages follows:
Adult-specific beverages, limited to beer and wine, may be served within designated areas within the Duluth Heritage Sports Center (DHSC), in accordance with the following protocols:
Guest speaker Pat Francisco (2nd from right) poses for a "pre-game" photo op with the Chamber's Executive Director, Dave Ross (far right) and other Chamber staff
On Tuesday, September 12, a record setting crowd of 170 members & guests from the Duluth Chamber of Commerce "connected" at Clyde Iron Restaurant to hear the fascinating story of the Duluth Heritage Sports Center. Duluth Heritage Sports Center Foundation Chair Patrick Francisco kept the audience engaged in his presentation, starting with a heartstring-tugging video, and continued with his telling of how a collaboration of public and private financing and a team of community leaders & volunteers built one of the finest community centers in the country. The presentation ended with a standing ovation!
For many, it was the first time they’ve heard this story of how a $20 million project got its start. They learned that 85% of the funding came from the private sector and that today, nearly 90% of the construction debt has been paid. They also learned that, other tan debt service, the facility is able to operate successfully with no burden to the taxpayers.
During his talk, Francisco called attention to the contractors and sub-contractors who built the facility. He also applauded Beacon Bank as the lead financial institution who helped with the funding. He concluded by recognizing those who he referred to as the project’s “angels”…individuals to provided gifts of $1 million or more to help make the project a realit.
Let's Connect at Clyde is a Duluth Chamber of Commerce luncheon event that blends education and networking in a relaxed, informal venue. Those in attendance not only had the opportunity to hear from a prominent community leader but to also meet and interact with fellow Chamber members & potential business partners.
All 40 people who attended the first-ever ”Great Fall Harvest" pop-up dinner were unanimous with their opinions that it was an event well-worth both their time and money.
The event was scheduled for a "mystery location", which turned out to be a beautiful setting at the Beach House Veranda at park Point. The weather was excellent and vista of the sand beach and the big lake added to the ambience.
The food was catered by the Duluth Grill who served an excellent pork & salmon dinner with accompaniments, preceded by hors d'oeuvres and followed with a delicious dessert. As is their trademark, all food was prepared with fresh, locally grown ingredients. With added entertainment provided by the Maxi Childs Trio, the entire evening took on a feel of "elegance" that's rarely found in the Twin Ports.
According to its organizer, former professional hockey player and local businessman Butch Williams, the dinner served as a fundraiser for two charities who have the primary purpose of serving youth...the Amber Wing Center for Youth and Family Well-being and the Ray Peterson Fund, an entity of the Duluth Heritage Sports Center Foundation that assists youth from financially challenged families participate in organized sports. He plans to make it an annual event.
The Duluth Grill donated all of the food and the Maxi Childs Trio donated their talents to help this fundraising project.
One of the many table displays commemorating Lower Chester youth hockey
On Saturday, August 31, a group of dedicated Lower Chester alumni assembled at the DHSC to celebrate a century's worth of youth hockey played at the Lower Chester rink. The event was organized by a dedicated group of volunteers, led by Deb Filipovich, who are committed to keep the memory of one of Duluth's most successful hockey programs alive.
All though the attendance was less than anticipated, those who came got to see several displays consisting of photos, jerseys, jackets and other hockey paraphanila spanning the rink's history. Included among the photographs were players like Tommy & Butch Williams who both enjoyed careers in the National Hockey League, as well as many, many others who started their careers on Lower Chester ice.
In addition, ten former players, including the Butch Williams family and former UMD Bulldog great Benji Wolfe, assembled on the ice for a typical "rink rat" hockey game, which had become the signature for the neighborhood rink.
The evening concluded with coffee & dessert served in the DHSC's Warming House. The celebration continued on Sunday, August 30th, with an open house at the Lower Chester rink.
DHSC's Darrell Spencer attends the display table at the C of C New Member Mixer
On Tuesday, August 18, the DHSC joined with other new members of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce in the New Member Mixer…an event designed for new chamber members to tout their products & services to the community.
Darrell Spencer & Jerry DeMeo were on hand with photos and information that offered the DHSC’s facility to accommodate social and commercial events of a non-sporting nature. The DHSC display emphasized using Seitz Arena during ice-out periods for company picnics, parties and trade shows.
The Mixer was well attended and approximately 100 of the attendees dropping their business card for a chance to win a free party package. The winner was Andrea Hammack from Enbridge Energy Company, Inc
Campers Brooklyn & Michael Durfee join Tim Kowalik on an ice resurfacing trip around Sill Arena.
During the DHSC's Business Week, summer campers got a chance to learn about making day packs, preparing sepcial food and how arena ice is made and maintained.
Frost River personnel were on hand to demonstrate the processes they use to make the variety of products they offer and Tom Hanson, Duluth Grill, demonstrated to making of some of his special recipies of gluten-free snacks & lunches.
On the final day, DHSC Arena Manager Tom Kowalik took the campers on a behind the scenes tour of the Duluth Heritage Sports Center, including the machinery room, where the ice making equipment is kept, and the Zamboni area. Also, each camper was promised a zamboni ride before the end of the camping season.
While the majority of Business Week was filled with fun & games, the campers all enjoyed the opportunity to exercise their minds as well as their bodies. All agreed it was a great learning experience!
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.!
Teams & coaches gather on the ice for a post-game photo.
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.
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.