Minnesota Hockey Journal

November/December 2023

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HOME ICE: Northfield Ice Arena NICKNAME: Raiders / Royals 9 of STATE HOCKEY Northfield State of Hockey Spotlight COMMUNITY YOU CAN BANK ON In September, folks in Northfield, Minn., celebrated the anniversary of the heroic defeat of the James-Younger Gang, a historical event that essentially put this town, located 40 miles south of downtown St. Paul, on the map. According to legend, when the infamous Jesse James and his group tried to rob the First National Bank of Northfield, local citizens armed themselves and successfully turned the gang away. James managed to escape, but not before experiencing firsthand the strength and resil- iency of this town, that has grown to a population of more than 20,000 people today. Like the smaller society that rallied to defeat Jesse James back in 1876, the same spirit of civic pride, fortitude and kinship has been demon- strated time and again by Northfield's current hockey community. It's a passionate group that has stuck together through thick and thin, offering its time, money and brain power to help the local organization grow and its 265 young skaters develop in a positive environment. "We think the hockey community in Northfield is one that rallies around each other," said former Northfield Hockey Association (NHA) President Chris Kennelly. "Over the years we've had events to raise money to help members with cancer and other fundraisers for scholarships. And we've had some great volunteers. It always amazes me how someone will come to the board with a new idea and then just run with it to get it done. We've done a good job of recognizing that and supporting passionate peo- ple to go after their ideas to make the program better." Photos / Northfield Hockey Association P R E S E N T E D B Y by Steve Mann DISTRICT: Ryan Sabyan PRESIDENT: 265 2022-23 REGISTRATION NUMBERS: 14 M H J ON L I N E . C O M | N O V. / D E C . 2 0 2 3

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