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MN Hockey: Land of 10,000 Rinks

Drive through just about any community in northeastern Minnesota during the winter months and you’re likely to find kids playing hockey. Hockey culture runs deep in the Northland, from the mini-mites learning to skate for the first time, to accomplished high school and college players striving to take their game to the highest level. WDSE-WRPT’s new documentary explores our region’s love of hockey and its unique heritage. And we’ll turn back the clock and remember legendary players and the games people still talk about decades later. From backyard rinks to world-class arenas, from hockey moms to renowned coaches, watch MN Hockey: Land of 10,000 Rinks.

Broadcast Premiere: Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. on PBS North
Rebroadcast: Monday, March 13 at 8:30 p.m. on PBS North

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Historical Examples from the Documentary

UMD vs Gophers

UMD vs Gophers

UMD Senior Keith “Huffer” Christiansen and a Gopher rival pose for the ceremonial faceoff on November 19, 1966, the first game at the new Duluth Arena. Christiansen collected a school record 6 assists in the game as the Bulldogs “edged” the rival Minnesota Gophers by a score of 8-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 5,700 excited hockey fans. Photo courtesy DECC Archives. Click photo to see larger version.

Key to the City

Key to the City

Duluth Mayor George W. Johnson presents the Key to the City to coach Bob Fryberger Sr. and the Glen Avon Pee Wee hockey team. The Glen Avon team had just returned from New York City, where they won the 1951 National Championship at Madison Square Garden. Photo courtesy Fryberger Family. Click photo to see larger version.