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Real Ranger: Color Guard in Hibbing present colors at home hockey games

Updated: December 13, 2021 06:04 PM
Created: December 13, 2021 05:49 PM

A time honored tradition in Hibbing. The American Legion Post 222 Color Guard presents the colors at each home hockey game. And members say they are the only ones in the state who do this for each game.

There are only handful of people who are a part of this effort. One of them, Bill Kochevar, said, "It's just a pleasure presenting the colors. Al Johnson started this in 1969. To bring attention to our flag and our country."

Another member, Mike Stavnes, added, "One of the really neat things, two teams lined up on blue lines when we're out there. They stay there, don't hit their stick on the ice or clap or anything until we're completely off the ice. It's nice they respect us and the flag at that time."

Two years ago, it was 30 games, between the boys and the girls. They are looking for more color guard members to help out, because they want this commitment to keep going.

"I talk to other people, and they ask how come you're the only ones who do it. I got a granddaughter into hockey, and I'm hoping I can do it when she comes over here to play," Jim Fairchild added.

The first woman to be part of the team, Barb Hemingway, said, "It's important to remember our veterans, freedom is not free."

The next home game is coming up Tuesday night.

If you'd like to help, you can call Bill Kochevar: 218-263-3196

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