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Hockey teams at the Stick it to Cancer tournament were playing for a higher purpose

04/11/2017, 12:45pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

Annual tournament at Schwan Super Rink raises funds to benefit breast cancer research

Blaine, Minn. (April 11, 2017) – The tone of the conversations at the 19th annual Stick it to Cancer hockey tournament at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, April 7-9, varied from passionate laughter to equally passionate tears. That’s the way it is at the one hockey tournament each year when hockey isn’t necessarily the most important thing on players’ minds.

The mission of the all-female Stick it to Cancer tournament is to raise funds, and awareness, to fight breast cancer.  And for many players, coaches and fans, it’s a personal fight.

Stick it to Cancer competition division names announced; will honor cancer victims and survivors

04/05/2017, 4:15pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

Annual hockey tournament at Schwan Super Rink April 7-9 will raise funds to fight breast cancer

Blaine, Minn. (April 5, 2017) – Organizers of the Stick it to Cancer hockey tournament this weekend at the Schwan Super Rink at National Sports Center in Blaine announced the names of the cancer victims and survivors who will be honored with their name on a competition division.

Several years ago, tournament organizers started naming the competition divisions after family and friends of players who had passed away from cancer. The tournament now also honors cancer survivors. Honorees are nominated by participants in the tournament.

Chasing the Dragon screening shares information on opioid addiction

03/28/2017, 12:00pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

On March 22, the National Sports Center hosted a screening of the documentary film “Chasing the Dragon,” a film produced by the FBI that documents the current epidemic of opioid addiction in the U.S. The film was introduced by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, a leader in the effort to prevent prescription painkiller abuse in Minnesota.

The film tells the stories of six victims of addiction, told in their own words. Their stories are tragic and grim. It’s not an optimistic film, but experts say it’s essential the information they share is publicized, especially with young people.

At Stick it to Cancer hockey tournament April 7-9, players are playing for a higher cause

03/15/2017, 5:45pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

As surely as spring comes to the National Sports Center in Blaine, an early April weekend at the Schwan Super Rink will go pink. For the 19th straight year, female hockey teams will take the ice and play for a higher cause.

The annual Stick it to Cancer hockey tournament, set for April 7-9, will draw both youth and adult female teams to play for a championship, but more importantly, to raise funds to fight breast cancer.

“Hockey’s a very competitive sport,” says tournament director Kristina King. “When you play hockey, your goal is to win the championship, to win the game. A tournament like this ties in a greater purpose, and gives people a bigger perspective on life.”

Blaine, Minn. (January 20, 2017) – The Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission (MASC) has finalized a long-term lease agreement with the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) for 49 acres of multi-use sports playing fields east of the National Sports Center (NSC) campus. The 49-acres, sometimes referred to as the Blaine Soccer Complex, is located immediately east of the Schwan Super Rink parking lot. The parcel includes 10 multi-use fields and four softball fields. Two of the fields and the softball complex are lighted. The 49-acre parcel is contiguous to the 400 acres the MASC already leases from the MAC for the Victory Links golf course.