Minnesota Hockey Journal

March 2017

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MARCH.2017 // M I N N E S OTA H O C K E YJ O U R N A L . CO M 05 The Herb Brooks Foundation announced that it will donate the original Herb Brooks statue to the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine, Minn. A larger statue recently replaced the original six- foot tall statue, which was located at 317 Washington Street, at Rice Park, adjacent to Xcel Energy Center. The National Sports Center intends to locate the statue at the entrance to the Schwan Super Rink, which may be the busiest hockey venue in the State of Minnesota. The eight-sheet ice facility welcomes more than two million visitors annually. "Our family believes the NSC is a perfect location," said Dan Brooks, Herb Brooks' son. "The Schwan Super Rink is probably the busiest hockey venue in the State of Minnesota, and this location will present an opportunity to educate future genera- tions of young hockey players about my father's legacy and how he changed hockey in Minnesota, and across the country." The timeline for the installation of the statue is up in the air. The statue has been cleaned and is currently in storage. "We would like to design a build-out to the front of the Super Rink, to build a proper location for the statue to reside," said Pete Carlson, the Schwan Super Rink's Operations and Programming Director. "This provides us a great opportunity to build an educational exhibition that supports the statue and helps future generations of hockey players learn about Herb Brooks and his important legacy." The NSC is working on some vision plans for the new build- out and is undertaking preliminary financial planning to deter- mine funds that would need to be raised. Herb Brooks Foundation to Move Original Herb Brooks Statue to the NSC "Like" Minnesota Hockey Journal and follow @mnhockeyjournal

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