Duluth Police and Firefighters Hit the Ice for Local Nonprofit

March 14, 2017 09:10 AM

During the St. Luke's High School All-Star Hockey game Tuesday Night at AMSOIL Arena, fans will get to see some of the best high school hockey players from around the Northland faceoff. But before the high school players hit the ice - it will be a battle between those who protect and serve.

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The Duluth Police Department and Duluth Fire Department will go head-to-head at 5:45 p.m. Matt McShane with the Duluth Police Department and Dane Youngblom, retired from the Duluth Fire Department, stopped by GMN ahead of the friendly competition.

So who will win?

“That's the question! It will be a battle, I think,” said McShane.

While this is the first time the police officers and firefighters will go head-to-head as part of the All-Star event, the tradition of the two forces meeting on the ice goes back decades. 

"The teams used to play each other at the Duluth Amphitheater, where the Plaza is now and in fact, the Super One grocery store is standing on the foundation,” said Youngblom. “The building itself collapsed under heavy snow conditions during a police/fire game.”

Back then, they raised money for the unemployed. This year the departments are joining forces for the Northern Lights Foundation - a local nonprofit that gives grants to families who have children with life-threatening illnesses.

“They are untethered grants, meaning if you need help with your mortgage because you have been running down to the Mayo Clinic so often and you're getting behind, there are no strings attached,” McShane explained.  

Helping out a foundation giving back to local families seemed like a no brainer for the two public safety departments, added McShane.

You can help raise funds for the Northern Lights Foundation by taking in some hockey tonight, March 14, at AMSOIL. Events get underway at 4:30 p.m. with the High School All-Star Skills Competition. Duluth Police and Duluth Fire will faceoff at 5:45 p.m. and the St. Luke's High School All-Star Fantasy Hockey Game is at 7:15 p.m.

One ticket grants access to the entire evening of hockey festivities. Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free as long as they wear their youth hockey jersey.

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