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The 2015 teams gathered at Sill Arena center ice for a photo op. The Blues won the game over the Whites 8-7 in overtime
The date for the 2016 Heritage Summer Hockey Classic, an event which features the talents of former pros, college and high school players who will gather to raise money in support of the Ray Peterson Fund, has been set for Monday, June 27th at 7:30 PM at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center (DHSC) Sill Arena.
Under the leadership of special projects intern Matt Branovan, the 2015 Classic saw the return to the ice by 34 the top players from the northland who provided a great night of hockey for the 500+ fans on hand, while raising $5,000 for the benefit of the Fund. The Blues, coached by Duluth Denfeld’s Kevin Smalley, came away with an 8-7 overtime victory over the Whites and Duluth East coach Mike Randolph.
Branovan, a CSS student who plans a sports marketing career, will once again lead the roster development effort under the guidance of the DHSC’s Community Relations Associate, Ken Kolquist. “We’ve moved up the date from the middle of July to the end of June so as to give those returning to their respective professional and college teams a better chance to be in the area for this game”, commented Branovan. “Last year, there were several who wanted to play but had to report to their teams in early July.”
The rosters for the 2016 game will be formed through a “fantasy” draft similar to that used for the 2016 NHL All Star game but, just like last year, the actual player rosters won’t be announced until game times so as to preclude any violation of NCAA rules for those college players who have remaining eligibility.
The Ray Peterson Fund, which was established in 2010 for the purpose of assisting youth from financially challenged families with sports and other educational activities, will again be the sole beneficiary of the games proceeds.
Kenneth J. Kolquist will join the Duluth Heritage Sports Center (DHSC) as Community Relations Associate. He will be responsible for working with the facility’s rental tenants and advertising clients as well as providing management for the DHSC’s special activities and events.
Ken is a native Duluthian who grew up playing hockey on our outdoor rinks in the winter and baseball during the short summer season. He is a graduate of Duluth Central and the College of St. Scholastica (CSS), where he excelled as a four year athlete both in hockey and baseball. After he graduated, he continued to serve as an assistant baseball coach and is a member of the CSS baseball Hall of Fame.
Ken also excelled academically,graduating with honors and a degree in Applied Economics. He is also a past recipient of the Duluth News Tribune’s Top 20 under 40 recognition.
The annual Heritage Tier 1 Boys Hockey Showcase was set to take place on October 21-23, 2016 but recently we learned that the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) has scheduled a league-wide event for those same dates. Several of our returning teams participate in the NAPHL and , to accommodate them, we've rescheduled the Heritage Tier 1 Boys Hockey Showcase to the weekend of October 14-16, 2016.
We always expect some of the best 16U and 18U teams from throughout the U.S and Canada and we trust that by eliminating the schedule conflict, we'll see them all back for our 2016 Showcase. We will accept eight (8) teams in each age classification, with a minimum four game guarantee, plus a championship & consolation round. All games will be played at the AMSOIL Arena, the DECC Arena and the Duluth Heritage Sports Center.
Last year, the 16U championship was won by the Minnesota Blades after a close battle with Team Wisconsin. The Chicago Fury, coached by former UMD great Dennis Vaske, took home the 18U honors. Both are expected to return for this year's event.
Invitations have been sent to prospective teams this week. For further information, please click on the "Tournaments" tab or contact http://email@example.com
Mark Sertich in action, taken on his 94th birthday, July 18, 2015
Those who watched the TCF Bank outdoor hockey game between the Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, Feb 21, may have been surprised when Duluth's own Mark Sertich appeared live on the broadcast during the second & third periods.
"Sertie" was invited to the game as the guest of NBC. He was introduced by NBC analyst and former Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick as being the oldest hockey player in the U.S (and possibly the world) who still plays the sport competitively. When asked by Roenick if he also plays golf, Sertie responded that he always intended to take up the game when he got too old for hockey. He just hasn't got there yet.
Sertie still plays morning hockey at the DHSC three days a week and will again be a participant in the Snoopy's Senior Adult Tournament held in July, in Santa Rosa, CA.
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.