Blaine, Minn. (January 30, 2018) – With the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games just over a week away, the media staff at the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine wanted to continue a tradition that we began four years ago before the 2014 Sochi Olympics -- researching connections between the NSC and the U.S. Olympic Team.
With the Schwan Super Rink at the NSC being the busiest hockey facility in Minnesota, it will come as no surprise that we focused our historical sleuthing on hockey. And it should come as no further surprise that we found plenty of connections.
In fact, of the 48 players named to the men’s and women’s USA Olympic rosters, we have confirmed that at least 31 of the players have skated at the Schwan Super Rink over the years.
When the sun rises on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, in the Twin Cities, Schwan Super Rink ice technician Ryan Hevern will be at MSP Airport, boarding a flight and getting out of town. Hevern’s not trying to avoid the big game; he just has a bigger and better gig – the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Hevern was tapped to work as an ice technician at the two hockey arenas, the Gangneung and Kwandong Hockey Centers. It was an assignment he eagerly accepted as a professional honor, and a reward for years spent learning his craft.
The last two remaining construction projects on the National Sports Center campus -- the 105th Ave NE reconstruction and the NSC Stadium turf installation -- have been suspended for the winter. Here are the details:
105th Ave NE reconstruction
This week the contractor suspended work on the project until next spring. Installation was completed on the water main from Radisson Road to Davenport Street and connected all of the existing properties to the new main. In addition, a small portion of storm sewer on the north side was completed.
The project is well positioned for early construction to begin in the spring. Connexus Energy is also finishing the installation of two temporary lights at the roundabouts.
The City of Blaine is requesting that traffic use caution while traveling through the project site for the winter.
NSC Stadium turf installation
The contractor has concluded work in the Stadium for the season. The turf has been installed on the full two-field footprint, and is currently snow covered:
Gold Division defending champions Edina and Proctor/Hermantown return to defend titles
Blaine, Minn. (November 29, 2017) – The National Sports Center, owner of the Schwan’s Cup high school hockey tournament, announced the full field and schedule for the boys’ and girls’ divisions of the 2017 Schwan’s Cup high school hockey tournament.
The Schwan’s Cup girls’ division will be played December 28-30, at the Schwan Super Rink and Ridder Arena. The 36 girls’ teams are divided into five divisions – Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Open American and Open National.
All five defending champions from 2016 return to chase new titles. Proctor/Hermantown, which won the Gold Division last year, anchors the top Gold Division this year. Andover, last year’s Silver Division champion, has been promoted into the Gold Division. Green Bay, Wis. will attempt to defend its Bronze Division championship from 2016. Open/American champ Cambridge-Isanti will move up to the Bronze Division. And Northern Lakes, which won the Open/National title last year, will move up one step to the Open/American division.
Here is the periodic update on construction on and around the NSC campus:
105th Ave NE reconstruction project:
This week on 105th Avenue the contractor started to install a water main on the east end of the project and will be working towards the west. Next week is a short week with the Thanksgiving holiday. The contractor will continue with water main installation.
Traffic needs to be aware that the project has been posted at 30 m.p.h. since construction started. As traffic traverses through the roundabouts they need to slow down to 15 m.p.h. The Blaine Police Department has been active on the corridor to try and keep traffic slowed down to these posted limits and ensure that construction workers and traffic remain safe in the project corridor.
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