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Flashback Friday: 2005 USA CUP

03/22/2019, 1:15pm CDT
By Carlee Hackl, Multimedia Content Creator

It's Flashback Friday! We put together a photo slideshow of images from USA CUP in 2005! 

As surely as spring comes to the National Sports Center in Blaine, a mid-April weekend at the Schwan Super Rink will go pink. For the 21st 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 12-14, will draw both youth and adult female teams to play for a championship, but more importantly, to raise funds to fight breast cancer.

“At most tournaments the goal is to win a championship,” said tournament director Kathy Brodzinski. “And that’s important at Stick-it to Cancer for sure. But our teams never lose sight of the greater purpose -- the mission of fighting breast cancer. I think that makes winning a championship even more meaningful.”

Call for submissions: 2019 USA CUP Coloring Book

03/15/2019, 1:45pm CDT
By NSC Staff


Ready to cultivate your creativity? The National Sports Center is excited to announce a new opportunity for USA CUP fans and/or participants to embrace their creativity and love for soccer. The NSC will be accepting drawing submissions to be featured in the official 2019 USA CUP Coloring Book. The books will be available for purchase during the week of the tournament. All proceeds will be donated to the National Sports Center Fund for Play, the contribution and donation arm of the NSC Foundation.

Life at the Rink is Super for Brodzinski

03/07/2019, 10:15am CST
By Tim McNiff

Blaine, MN – As co-owner of Hockey Central in Blaine, Kathy Brodzinski wasn’t looking for a different job. So, when Pete Carlson, the ice arena operations and programs director from the Super Rink stopped in and said, “I think I have the perfect job for you.” Kathy’s initial reaction was, “But Pete, I’m not looking for a job!”

An interview with Peter Moore: A product of a vision

03/05/2019, 9:30am CST
By James Tainter

The life of the NSC Velodrome is coming to an end this year.  But one young rider is making the most of the time he has left to ride it.  Peter Moore has been riding the track at the NSC since he was eight years old.  Now a senior at Saint Paul Academy and Summit School, he has some lofty goals for his final year of racing, and rightfully so.  His resume contains a national age-group record, numerous national championships and a selection to the United States Junior World team, which earned him the privilege of representing the U.S. at the 2018 Junior Track Cycling World Championships this past fall in Aigle, Switzerland. 

In the 1980’s, Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich had a vision to build an Olympic caliber sporting complex and to use athletics to develop traits in our young local athletes to help them succeed, not only on the national and world sporting stages, but in life.  Peter is a product of this vision.   

“Through amateur athletics, our youth can realize physical fitness, develop intellectual prowess, and build character, making them better citizens and strengthening the social fabric of our state.  Through sport, our youth become mature adults able to compete in the Olympics and in the marketplace.”

-- Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich

When Peter isn’t on his bike, he’s on his skis.  At the time this interview took place, track cycling had just concluded, and nordic ski season was just around the corner for Peter.  Training, studying for finals and visits to potential colleges didn’t leave a lot of spare time in this young man’s day.  To say his schedule is “hectic” is an understatement.  We were finally able to catch up with Peter and he was kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions we had for him.