The hockey legacy of Jim Metzen

The longtime Minnesota legislator has played an integral role in growing hockey through Mighty Ducks legislation

 

By John Hamre
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Minnesota didn’t become the “State of Hockey” overnight. Years of tradition – wintertime freezes of the lakes, outdoor rinks being flooded, and indoor community rinks developed over time – have all helped grow hockey in Minnesota over the past century. The availability of many skating facilities and ice-time resources as part of public park systems have advanced opportunities of many young hockey players in Minnesota. Availability to ice time has made Minnesota a world-renowned talent producer in hockey, and provides venues for physical activity and recreation.

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