Hockey fans in the Twin Ports area are in line for a real pre-season hockey treat when some of the best 16 & 18 year old players some to Duluth for the 2014 Holiday Inn & Suites Hockey Showcase. For the third consecutive year, teams from Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Minnesota will gather at the AMOIL & DECC Arenas and the Duluth Heritage Sports Center to compete for the bragging rights that come from winning one of the most prestigious youth hockey tournaments in the country.
For more information, please see the story under the Tournaments Tab.
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.
The Pioneer Park Soccer League, the area's premiere indoor soccer program, is now accepting registrations for the 2014-15 seasons. The first session will start in early November and run through mid- December. The second session will operate from mid-December through the end of January. The league is open to all area youth (boys & girls) between the ages of 11 and 18.
The league will offer three divisions for each gender..12 & under, 14 & under and 18 & under. The number of players on each team will be dependent upon the total registration for each division but team rosters will be structured to ensure playing time for all. While there's no guarantee, very effort will be made to keep friends together on the same team.
Each team will play a minimum of 9 regular season games, plus play offs. Games consist of two 22 minute halves. Teams are coached by current or former College of St. Scholastica (CSS) soccer players. All games are are played in Pioneer Park, at the Duluth Entertainment & Conventions Center (DECC).
Players may now register for the first session by clicking on the link below. Registrations for the second session will open on November 17,
Please address any questions yo may have about the registration process to the Duluth Heritage Sports Center by calling 218-464-1711 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find the link for the 2014 -2015 Registration
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.
Registrations are currently open for Duluth’s Heritage Men’s No-Check Hockey League. League play will start in November and is open to any team, irrespective of playing talent. Each team is afforded 17 league games with a post-season playoff. The team registration fee is $1,800.
Games are played on Sunday evenings, starting at 6:00 PM. The entry fee includes the cost of referees and score keepers.
Click on the link below to register.
Those interested in playing hockey, but currently have no team affiliation, may consider the HockeyFinders Duluth Hockey League for team placement. This league offer a variety of skill levels, including those who can skate but do not have prior hockey experience. Teams play their games at the DHSC on Thursday nights.
For more information contact HockeyFinders at the link below.
After a full summer of turf activities, “winter” has once again come to Seitz Arena. Under the guidance of Senior Lead Ice Technician Troy Sager, it took the DHSC Arena associates less than seven days to remove the turf, cool the floor and get the ice ready for skating. The Duluth Fire Department skaters were the first to test the new sheet and proclaimed it to be in “perfect” skating condition.
Meanwhile, the turf has been transferred to the DECC aboard a Jeff Foster truck, where it will be stored until it can be placed into winter service at Pioneer Hall in November.
With Seitz ice in service, the Sill ice will be conditioned for the upcoming season. Although the ice sheet won’t be removed this year, it will get some serious attention to provide a like-new surface. This reconditioning process is expected to take three days, as the ice is shaved down close to the floor and then gradually rebuilt to skating condition.
Both Sill and Seitz Arenas are scheduled for some busy times during the month of October, starting with Gary-Morgan Park’s Chris Johnson 3 on 3 Memorial Classic on October 3-5 and finishing with the Holiday Inn & Suites Hockey Showcase 18U Midget Tournament October 24-26. In between, DAHA teams will use nearly every available after-school and weekend hour as they prepare for their upcoming season.
The month caps off with the Halloween “Boo Bash”, a free community skating party that is hosted by the City of Duluth, the Boys & Girls Club, the Duluth Children’s Museum and the Duluth Heritage Sports Center.
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.
Youth from the Boys & Girls Club and the DHSC Sports Camp eagerly await the start of a dodge ball game against the U. S Navy SEALS and sailors from the USS Minnesota during Navy Day at the DHSC. (9/12/14)
Butch Curran (left) and Pat Francisco (right) enjoy some old time hockey talk with Elmer Schwartz (center)
On Monday, July 28, 2014, the words “Hockey Heritage” had a special meeting as three former UMD Bulldog hockey players visited our facility.
Shown in the accompanying photo, Irving (Butch) Curran, Elmer Schwartz and Pat Francisco took some time to reminisce about the “good old days” when they carved their permanent niche in Duluth’s hockey history. Elmer and his spouse, Sharon, were in town for the UMD Hockey reunion.
Elmer Schwartz attended UMD during the team’s MIAC years (1955-58). He and teammate Harvey Flaman made the trip from Saskatchewan to play for then-head coach Connie Pleban. During his tenure, Schwartz set some UMD records which still exist today and may never be duplicated. He scored 5 goals in one period against Hamline University (1957) and recorded 7 assists in one game against Gustavus (1958). Schwartz was elected to the UMD Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.
Butch Curran was a Duluth East grad who his youth hockey at Glen Avon. He played with the ‘Dogs from 1956-59. He amassed 61 points in 62 games during his career as the left wing on the Schwartz-Flaman line.
Pat Francisco was a Bulldog from 1963-67. The former Denfeld grad was a right wing on a high-scoring line which included Bruce McLeod on the left and Keith (Huffer) Christianson at center. This dynamic group led the WCHA in scoring during the 1966-67 season, the team’s first in the new home at the Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center.
Francisco is the Chair of the Duluth Heritage Sports Center Foundation, taking a lead role in the fundraising campaign to finance the Center