Award is presented by Explore Minnesota, the state’s tourism agency
Blaine, Minn. (March 12, 2018) – During the 2018 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, held at the Verizon Center in Mankato March 6-7, 2018, the Schwan’s USA CUP youth soccer tournament was presented the award as the Minnesota tourism Event of the Year.
Several individuals, organizations and tourism businesses are recognized each year for their contributions to the state’s $15 billion travel industry each year by Explore Minnesota Tourism at the Excellence in Tourism Awards banquet.
Ryan Hevern, one of the Schwan Super Rink ice technicians, was tapped to work as an ice tech at the recently completed Pyeonchang Winter Olympics in South Korea. If you missed it, here is an article we published in January, prior to his departure.
Hevern returned to the U.S. February 26. After he caught up on sleep and conquered jet lag, I sat down with Ryan in the Hat Trick Café at the Super Rink. He shared vivid memories, so many that I had a hard time figuring out where to start. But why not start with a moment from the end of the games, a memory that Ryan himself thought was “surreal?”
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.