Northlanders Embrace the Game of Hockey

Ryan Juntti
Updated: February 26, 2020 10:57 PM

Hockey is a way of life for many in the Northland. Even though Duluth Denfeld and Hermantown were the only two teams who played in the Section 7A final on Wednesday night, communities and fans from all across the region came to watch for the thrill of the game.


"There's no place of hockey like the Northland," said Thomas Porter, a Cloquet High School graduate. 

Porter and his buddy Dru Senich have friends who played in the game, and they wanted to watch them play. 

"Hockey to me means just community, and a lot of fun. Everyone comes out for these games," said Senich.

Harlow Giswold goes to Pike Lake Elementary School, and plays for Mirage U10. She says about the game of hockey, "It's really interesting to watch. People enjoy it."

Hermantown fan Paul McDonald used to play hockey himself, and says it's a game that brings the community together.    

"I think it's just one of the great events that we have to pull us together. We have long winters and things to get through up here, and it's just a great place to come bond. Kids make friends, families get together. It's just one of the great things we have up here," said McDonald. 

"I think it's the lifeblood." For Minnesotans, it's wake up, go, strap on skates, go out on the ice," said Denfeld fan Mike Hallgren. "It's comradery. It doesn't matter if you're from Cloquet, Denfeld, East, Proctor, anybody. It's all about comradery for the community," he added.


Ryan Juntti

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