That's the title by which Mark Sertich is recognized throughout the hockey world as he sets another 'mark" for future generations. Sertie still skates most days with a gathering of friends, some who are less than half his age, and is making plans for the 2018 Snoopy World Hockey Tournament. No one doubts he'll keep those plans for years to come.
The Athol Murray College of Notre Dame Hounds (Wilcox, Sask.) netted two third period goals 31 seconds apart, to take a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Blades in the 18U championship of the 2014 Holiday Inn & Suites Tier 1 Midget Hockey Showcase, held during Oct. 24-26, in Duluth MN.
In the Showcase 16U division, the Minnesota Blades held off Team Wisconsin 4-2, to secure the championship trophy.
In the 18U final, the Blades took the lead on a first period goal by William LeNeave. That lead held up until 8:02 of the third period when Luca Fraulin found the net for the Hounds. The Hounds’ Carson Mackinnon scored a short-handed goal 31 later to secure the 2-1 victory. In the third place game, Shattuck-St. Mary’s defeated Team Copper Country (Houghton-Hancock MI) 4-0, while the Chicago Fury bested the Madison Capitols 4-1 in the Consolation match.
In the 16U Division, the Minnesota Blades scored first on a 2nd period goal by Ben Copeland. Wisconsin’s Jeff Karaczewski tied the game early in the 3rd period but the Blades regained the lead when Sam Walker scored on a penalty shot. The Blades made it 3-1 when Colin Baird scored at 6:37. Wisconsin answered 29 seconds later to make it 3-2 but Ben Copeland’s second goal of the game into an open net clinched the 4-2 win and the Championship for the Blades. It was the third straight 2nd place finish in the Showcase for Team Wisconsin who lost to Shattuck-St Mary’s in its two previous attempts.
Shattuck St. Mary’s took third place honors with a 7-0 win over the Chicago Fury. The Duluth Northern Wings needed a second round shoot-out goal by Dylan Johnson to beat the Madison Capitols 2-1 in the Consolation game.
All games were played at AMSOIL Arena, the DECC Arena and the Duluth Heritage Sports Center. The composite scores follow:
18U Division Round Robin Play
MN Blades 3, Madison Capitols 2
Shattuck-SM 4, KC Mavs Elite 4
Notre Dame 3, Shattuck STM 2 (SO)
Chicago Fury 4, Madison Capitols 1
Shattuck-St. Mary’s 4, Copper Country 0
Notre Dame 2, MN Blades 1
16 U Division Round Robin Play
Team Wisconsin 5, Thunder Bay 1
Shattuck-SM 4, Northern Wings 2
Northern Wings 8, KC Mavs 3
Northern Wings 2, Madison Capitols 1 (SO)
Shattuck-St. Mary’s 7, Chicago Fury 0
MN Blades 4, Team Wisconsin 2
In a four bracket tournament that closely resembled the NCAA basketball March Madness, the Duluth Heritage Sports Center rose from the 14th seed in the ”Best Barn” arena bracket to win the top spot in the 2014 Hockey Hotdish Tournament. The DHSC was voted by the readers of Let’s Play Hockey as the best ambassador for hockey in Minnesota, defeating legendary coach Herb Brooks in the championship match with 67 percent of the final vote. The other brackets were the “Beauty (players) , the “Bench Boss” (coaches) and the “Big Head” (mascots).
The DHSC used strong support from the Duluth media to claim the Barn Bracket championship, earning the title as the Minnesota arena that best represents the State of Hockey. During competition in that bracket, the No. 14 seed DHSC defeated No. 3 Hibbing Memorial Arena (64 percent to 36 percent), No. 6 Mariucci Arena (53-47), No. 10 IRA Civic Center (61-39) and No. 4 Roseau Memorial Arena (70-30). The six-year-old facility then downed Big Head Bracket (mascots) champion Bucky Beaver in the tournament semifinals (77-23).
Overall No. 1 seed Herb Brooks won the Bench Boss Bracket with wins over No. 16 Dave Peterson (72-28), No. 9 Lorne Grosso (84-16), No. 12 Bob Johnson (84-16) and No. 10 Dave Palmquist (64-36). Brooks then defeated Beauty Bracket (players) champion Neal Broten in the semifinals (71-29).
The Hockey Hotdish Tournament is an annual competition from Let's Play Hockey to determine what Minnesota player, coach, arena and mascot best represent the State of Hockey. The tournament began with the selection and seeding of 64 entries in four brackets. Beginning June 9, voting in each round took place on a weekly basis on www.letsplayhockey.com and continued throughout the summer.
Photos depicting 24 Duluth teams who have attained the status of "Champions" in the sport of ice hockey are now in place on the "Duluth's Championship Heritage" wall, located at the northeast corner of Sill Arena.
These teams represent Duluth's neighborhood rinks, high schools, juniors and adult programs who played their way to prominence in tournaments held at either the state or national level. The photos were gathered from family collections and prepared through a collaboration of talents from Duluth Camera Exchange and the Frame Corner & Gallery.
The collecting of photos for this display remains a work in progress as there are still several yet to be located. Following is a list of photos now on the wall:
|1958||Duluth Glen Avon||Bantam A||MN State Youth Tournament|
|1961||Lower Chester||Midget A||MN State Youth Tournament|
|1963||Lower Chester||Bantam A||MN State Youth Tournament|
|1965||Duluth Cathedral||High School||MN HS State Tournament|
|1966||Duluth Cathedral||High School||MN HS State Tournament|
|1967||Duluth Cathedral||High School||MN HS State Tournament|
|1968||Duluth Cathedral||High School||MN HS State Tournament|
|1968||Duluth Portman||Junvenile||MN State Youth Tournament|
|1969||Duluth Cathedral||High School||MN HS State Tournament|
|1972||Duluth Congdon||Junvenile||MN State Youth Tournament|
|1974||Duluth Aerials||Midget A||MN State Youth Tournament|
|1975||Duluth Aerials||Midget A||MN State Youth Tournament|
|1978||Duluth Aerials||Midget A||MN State Youth Tournament|
|1980||Spot Bar||Senior B||MN State Senior Tournament|
|1981||Spot Bar||Senior B||MN State Senior Tournament|
|1990||Bulldogs Women||Senior B|
|1991||Bulldogs Women||Senior B|
|1992||Northland Voyageurs||Junior B||USA Hockey Nat' l Tournament|
|1993||Bulldogs Women||Senior B|
|1996||Duluth East End||Bantam A||MN State YouthTournament|
|1996||Duluth Icebreakers||15 & Under||MN State Youth Tournament|
|1998||Duluth East||High School||MN State HSTournament|
|2009||Northland Thunder||Senior B|
|2011||Duluth Denfeld||Bantam B||
MN State Youth Tournament
The following teams are eligible for the Wall but their photos have yet to be located:
The Duluth Heritage Sports Center (DHSC) remains in contention for the title of being the Minnesota ice arena that best represents the State of Hockey. Thanks to outstanding response from our supporters during the first round of the Hockey Hotdish Tournament’s “Barn” division”, the 14th seed DHSC outpolled #3 seed Hibbing’s Memorial Arena by a 64% to 36% margin and now moves on to compete against the Mariucci Arena in the second round.
Minnesota’s oldest hockey newspaper, Let’s Play Hockey, is hosting this event which offers 4 brackets…Beauty (players), Bench Boss (Coaches), Barn (Arenas) and Big Head (Mascots). Duluth East’s coach Mike Randolph was among the Bench Bosses, losing out in the first round to Bloomington Jefferson’s long-time coach, Tom Saterdalen. In the Big Head (mascot) division, the Duluth East Greyhound will compete against the White Bear lake Bear. Voting for the Big Head division is now activated and will end on Sunday, July 6th.
In addition to the DHSC, five of the remaining 8 arenas in the Barn division are from northern Minnesota. Still in the running are the no. 1 seed Eveleth Hippodrome, the Roseau Memorial Arena (#4), the Warroad Gardens (#5), Thief River Falls Ralph Englestad Arena (#9) and the IRA Civic Center, Grand Rapids (#10).
Voting in the Barn division will continue later in July, with the exact dates to be announced soon. Voting will again be online at www.letsplayhockey.com. Click on the “Hockey Hotdish Tournament” and follow the prompts to the “Barn Bracket Round”.
After outpolling the IRA Civic Center with 61% of the vote, the 14th ranked Duluth Heritage Sports Center (DHSC) finds itself up against 4th ranked Roseau’s Memorial Arena in the final round of Let’s Play Hockey’s online Hockey Hotdish Tournament‘s “Barn Division”. The winner of this round will own the bragging rights to the title of being Minnesota’s ice arena that best represents the State of Hockey.
Roseau made the division’s final bracket by a receiving 52% of the vote over the Eveleth Hippodrome, which was ranked #1 overall. Jerry DeMeo, the DHSC’s president/CEO said that the DHSC is extremely pleased to have advanced this far contest. “There are truly some storied arenas in Minnesota.” DeMeo said. “For us, a six year old facility, to advance this far is a real honor. It speaks well for our founders who planned the DHSC to be ‘historical’ in its presentation.” DeMeo also said that after coming this far against some very tough competition, the DHSC “would like to win to it all!”
Minnesota’s oldest hockey newspaper, Let’s Play Hockey, hosts the event which offers 4 brackets…Beauty (players), Bench Boss (Coaches), Barn (Arenas) and Big Head (Mascots).
In the “Beauty” bracket, John Mayasich outpolled fellow Eveleth native Frank Brimsek, while Roseau’s Neal Broten received 73% of the vote against Warroad’s Dave Christian. Mayasich & Broten will face off in the finals.
Minnesota hockey icon Herb Brooks prevailed over “Badger” Bob Johnson in the “Bench Boss” bracket, while Dave Palmquist, a noted pioneer in girl’s high school hockey garnered 53% of the vote over Bloomington Jefferson’s highly successful coach, Tom Saterdalen. The finals pit Brooks against Palmquist
In the “Big Head” bracket, UMD’s Bulldog Mascot “Champ” earned 61% of the vote over the Grand Rapids “Thunderhawk”. Champ will now face “Bucky Beaver” from Bemidji State University, winner over the Minnesota Wild’s “Nordy” in the final round.
Voting for the finalists in all rounds is now underway and will continue through this week. To cast your ballot, go online at www.letsplayhockey.com. Click on the “Hockey Hotdish Tournament” and then click on “Quarterfinals/Bracket Finals”. The DHSC “Barn Bracket” selection is found at number 3.
U.S. Navy's Leap Frog Team In Action
Please note that, because of threatening weather, there has been some changes in the Boys & Girls Club Navy Day Events
Most notably is a change in the U.S. Navy SEALS Leap Frog parachute demonstration. The event has been moved from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM due to some air space restrictions. Also, with adverse weather conditions in the forecast, the Leap Frog demonstration may be cancelled.
Here's today's schedule of events:
Navy Horizon Band Performance
Youth Bag Lunch Feed
Introductions - Q/A from youth
Comments from Special Dignitaries
Meet, Greet & Play
Navy SEALS Leap Frog Parachute demonstration
The Duluth Heritage Sports Center (DHSC) outpolled Mariucci Arena, gaining 53% of the popular vote during the second round of the online “Hockey Hotdish Tournament ‘s Barn Division. With this win, the DHSC becomes one of the final four arenas still in contention for the title of being the Minnesota ice arena that best represents the State of Hockey.
The DHSC will next take on Grand Rapids’ IRA Civic Center, while in the other bracket, voters will choose from the Eveleth Hippodrome and Roseau’s Memorial Arena. The Hippodrome advanced by receiving 63% of the vote over Thief River Fall’s Ralph Englestad Arena, while voters selected Roseau over the Warroad Gardens by a 68%-32% margin.
Minnesota’s oldest hockey newspaper, Let’s Play Hockey, is hosting this event which offers 4 brackets…Beauty (players), Bench Boss (Coaches), Barn (Arenas) and Big Head (Mascots). Voting in the Big Head (mascot) division is currently underway, with Duluth East’s Greyhound competing against Nordy, the Minnesota Wild mascot.
Voting in the Barn division will continue during the month of August, with the exact dates to be announced soon. Voting will again be online at www.letsplayhockey.com. Click on the “Hockey Hotdish Tournament” and follow the prompts to the “Barn Bracket Round”.
After receiving great voting support from community and statewide supporters, the Duluth Heritage Sports Center (DHSC) has earned the bragging rights as the Minnesota arena that best represents the State of Hockey by out-polling the Roseau Memorial Arena by a margin of 69% -31%.
The DHSC was one of 16 arenas chosen by Let’s Play Hockey, Minnesota’s oldest hockey newspaper, using conventional tournament brackets to make this selection. The arenas were classified in the “Barn” bracket, while other brackets were used to select a player (Beauty), coach (Bench Boss), and team mascot (Big Head). In advancing from its 14th seeded slot to claim the title, the DHSC outpolled other noted icons such as #3 ranked Hibbing Memorial Arena, # 6 Mariucci Arena, #10 seed IRA Civic Center (Grand Rapids) and, finally the #4 seed Roseau Memorial Arena.
The Tournament voting continues this week in a semi-final round, pitting player against coach and arena against mascot. The winners of this round will face each other next week in the finals.
According to the DHSC’s president, Jerry DeMeo, voting for the DHSC came from a number of sources. “Thanks to great conventional and social media coverage, we had the support from almost the entire community and, indeed, from the entire state.” said DeMeo. “While we’re proud to be known as the “best” arena representing the State of Hockey, we’re even more proud and humbled to know that our supporters share the DHSC pride and took the time to punch their computer keys to let the entire state know that they think we’re the best!”
Pat Francisco, Chair of the Duluth Heritage Sports Center Foundation and one of the first pioneers in the DHSC project said that when this facility was first planned, it was intended to be representative of Duluth’s storied hockey history. “We wanted those who were either participants or just visitors to be able to ‘feel’ the sports history, just like they do when the visit some of the other historical arenas in Minnesota. The support we got throughout the “Barn” bracket voting against those arenas indicates we’ve captured the spirit!”
In other voting, Roseau’s Neal Broten outpolled Eveleth native John Mayasich in the “Beauty” bracket, while Minnesota hockey iconic coach Herb Brooks prevailed over Dave Palmquist, a noted pioneer in girl’s high school hockey. Broten & Brooks will face off in the semifinals.
In the “Big Head” bracket, UMD’s Bulldog Mascot “Champ” lost a close contest by 1 percentage point against “Bucky Beaver” from Bemidji State University. Bucky now faces the DHSC in the semi-final bracket.
DeMeo said he was unsure why the tournament continues now that the winner in each of the four brackets has been selected. “You’ll have to contact Let’s Play Hockey” for the answer to that question.” he commented. “We’re happy with the “Barn” bracket outcome.
Voting for the semi-finalists is now underway and will continue through this week. To cast your ballot, go online at www.letsplayhockey.com. Click on the “Hockey Hotdish Tournament” and then click on “Semifinals Bracket”.
The DHSC's Giuliani Hall was alive with Halloween celebration opportunities for youth of all ages. For more photos, click on the City of Duluth Programs tab.
On Wednesday, October 29 the DHSC was converted from a sports center into a "scary" palace as nearly 300 youth & family members donned their skates, costumes & masks to celebrate Halloween in the "Boo Bash".
The event offered a variety of entertainment for all in attendance, even those who didn't skate, irrespective of age. With the option of visiting "haunted" locker rooms to joining in with table activities to having their faces painted, there was something for everyone to enjoy.
In Sill Arena, the lights were on low, with special atmosphere provided by the flashing lights and special Halloween music furnished by noted Duluth Disc Jockey Shelley Bergen.
The event was planned and operated by the City of Duluth Parks & Recreation Department, with collaboration from the Boys & Girls Club, the Duluth Children's Museum and the Duluth Heritage Sports Center.
The next special skating event will the Thanksgiving "Gobbler Glide" on Wednesday, November 26th.
Patrick D. Francisco, Duluth Heritage Sports Center Foundation (DHSCF) Chair, recently announced the 2015 recipients of the Ray Peterson Fund and the Thomas & Katherine Gibson Fund scholarships. They are:
Peterson Fund Scholarships: Austin Burley (Denfeld); Jared Williams, (East).
Gibson Fund Scholarships: Elizabeth Bergh (Denfeld); Kelly Punkyo (East).
The four recipients qualified for the DHSCF scholarships by virtue of their nomination by their respective school’s faculty members for consideration for the Minnesota State High School League's (MSHSL) Triple AAA Award. The minimum requirements for both awards are similar. Nominees must have notable achievements academically, participated in interscholastic sports and fine arts within their schools and have demonstrated positive citizenship traits during their high school careers.
While MSHSL’s Triple AAA Award is open to all Minnesota schools, the DHSCF’s fund scholarships are only available to ISD 709 high school students. “It’s great that there’s a state-wide program like that offered by the MSHSL.” commented Francisco. “But our focus is on the greatness that comes from our local schools. We’re very pleased and proud that we’re able to reward these fine young people for their excellent accomplishments in school, in sports and in our community.”
The $500 scholarships will continue to be awarded annually to ISD 709 seniors.
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 & Katherine 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.
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.
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.
The Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association (MIAMA), under the leadership of MIAMA’S Northeastern Director Emeritus Walt Bruley, recently organized a Duluth and Hermantown area rink tour. On Wednesday, June 8, rink managers from Mars Lakeview Arena, Hermantown Arena, Fryberger Arena, Superior Amateur Hockey Association Arena and Wessman Arena visited the Duluth Heritage Sports Center to tour our facilities and to discuss issues of mutual concern. DHSC Arena Manager Tom Kowalik conducted the tour.
In addition to the DHSC, Mars Lakeview Arena, Hermantown Community Arena were also on the tour, followed by a MIAMA hosted lunch at Perkins Family Restaurant in West Duluth.
Of significant interest was the compressor room where the group learned about the DHSC’s recent upgrade to variable frequency drive motors for all of its compressor and pump motors. With the new VFDs, these motors will operate at a variable level of efficiency required to optimally maintain the ice temperature, rather than the on-off function of the replaced motors. The resultant energy savings together with Minnesota Power rebates are expected to pay for the conversion within the first year of operation.
Founded in 1975, is a volunteer organization of arena managers and allied businesses dedicated to improving the industry by sharing of information, innovative ideas and techniques through meetings, seminars, newsletters and surveys. Current membership consists of 155 Minnesota arenas, 21 out-of state arenas, 9 organizations/associations and 69 vendor members. MIAMA holds two meetings annually where members and vendors meet to discuss scheduling, ice maintenance, equipment, refrigeration, infrastructure, air quality, and other issues pertaining to ice arena operations.
Shayne Ratcliff if Lakeville is the organization’s current president.
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.