Minnesota Hockey Journal

March 2021

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M A R C H 2 0 2 1 | M H J ON L I N E . C O M 19 THE SMELLS, THE DETAILS; Matt Jasper's "Home Ice" showcases the beauty and nostalgia of hockey rinks across the state RAT HOUGH IT'S BEEN DECADES since Matthew Jasper was a peewee hockey player in Grand Rapids, he still vividly remembers exactly how the odors of Warroad Memorial Arena hit his nose. "It just absolutely smelled like a shin pad," Jasper recalled. "It smelled like old- time hockey." It was a photo of that same arena (which has since been torn down) that Jasper had hanging on his wall as a kid and later when he lived out in Oregon—where he had to drive two hours to play pick-up hockey on a rink in a strip mall. That photo of a classic Minnesota hockey rink served as the catalyst for a proj- ect that took Jasper to more than 70 rinks throughout the state over a 15-year span, all with his camera in hand. The culmination of that journey is a coffee table book titled "Home Ice," which showcas- es the features and quirks and quintessential hockey personalities of 72 rinks in Minnesota. "That's just kind of where the idea came from was I just started thinking about all the arenas we got to play in like Grand Rapids, Greenway, the Hibbing Memorial, Eveleth and all those rinks," Jasper said. "I thought it'd be kind of cool to put together a book of the spectrum of rinks throughout the state of Minnesota." b y T Y L E R M A S O N | p h o t o s b y M AT T J A S P E R

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