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Eveleth Hippodrome Celebrates 100 Years of Hockey at the Iron Range

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EVLET, MN. (CBS 3 Duluth) – In many small towns, sports are a big part of life, but in a northern Minnesota town, there’s one sport that takes the cake.

Were not really a basketball town; were always like a hockey town, said Parker Clennon, 12-year-old Eveleth-Gilbert hockey player.

Eveleth is home to one of Minnesota’s oldest indoor hockey rinks, the Eveleth Hippodrome.

According to the natives of Eveleth, it is actually their calling card.

The Hippodrome is to Eveleth what cars are to Detroit and filmmaking is to Hollywood, said Craig Figgy Ritacco, board member of the Eveleth Community Foundation.

Ritacco said many hockey greats got their start in the town of Iron Range.

Sam LoPresti, John Mariucci, Mike Karakas and Frankie Brimsek are a few, Ritacco said.

This month marks 100 years since the Hippodromes opened.

The first game played at the Eveleth Hippodrome was on January 1, 1922, according to Ritacco.

To commemorate the first century of building life, members of the Eveleth Community Foundation decided to throw a party on Saturday.

The event was open to the public.

They served a hot meal and displayed historic hockey memorabilia.

They raised money to give back to the community.

We have a silent auction and we will be pitching at the event tonight to support our efforts, said Jon Hoel, president of the Eveleth Community Foundation.

The Eveleth Foundation said the money they raise would go to various causes.

We support art, we support economic development, we also support community services, Hoel said.

The event itself was held down the road from the Hippodrome as it was a busy weekend at the ice rink.

The Mariucci Classics this weekend, according to Ritacco.

It was the annual Pee-Wee Mariucci tournament.

For the young players in the tournament, they may not know their place in history, but their ambitions sound like a familiar tune.

Play D-1 college hockey and go professional, Parker Clennon said.

Continuing the Northern Minnesota tradition for the next 100 years.

It’s fun to fly on the ice and score, said Parker Clennon.

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