Minnesota Hockey Journal

March 2020

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M H J O N L I N E . C O M | M A R C H 2 0 2 0 28 by Michael Russo Russo's Rants Photos / Tom Sellwood, UMD Athletics, MHJ Archives Small Town Feel So what's South St. Paul like? "You had the stockyards years ago, but now with that being gone, it's really a city for the citizens that live there. It's just a unique town," Stalock said. "Growing up, it was that small-town feel. You're like 10 minutes from the Xcel, but yet you're in like this small town that's so close knit and families are … somehow everybody's related. "There's names in South St. Paul that have been there for years and years and somehow that person's South St. Paul Pride Growing up just 10 minutes from Xcel Energy Center, Alex Stalock is living his dream OVE TO MINNESOTA FROM OUT OF STATE, refer to Hall of Famer Phil Housley in print as being from St. Paul, and you will soon hear the wrath from people who hail from the city of South St. Paul. "Like we're not from the south side of the city of St. Paul. It actually is a city," Wild goalie Alex Stalock said, laughing. "I remember looking at magazines when Phil Housley was still playing, and you'd see in the pro- gram that Phil was from St. Paul." "No! He's from South St. Paul. We take a lot of pride in that stuff." Sit down with Stalock, and you quickly realize this fact. He's proud to be from such a hockey-rich community, one that introduced us to legends like the late Doug Woog and Housley, cur- rent players like himself, his cous- in, Adam Wilcox and Justin Faulk, and a proud high school program that's celebrating its 75 th anniversa- ry this 2019-20 season. M "You never think it's possible. Now to put the jersey on, you're playing for those 10-year-old boys and girls that want the Wild to win every game. P R E S E N T E D B Y

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