We read and hear of Hockeyville (Kraft’s) in both Canada and the U.S..
Similarly, emblazoned across the Red Wings center ice face-off circle”Hockeytown”. “Hockeytown, USA” is a registered trademark of Ilitch Holdings, Inc., the parent company of the Red Wings, and the Red Wings will continue to use the name for the foreseeable future.
But it seems “the original hockeytown” is Warroad, Minnesota. A town of fewer than 2,000 people that’s 6 miles south of the Canadian border, Warroad has quite a distinction: No U.S. men’s team has ever won a gold medal without having a Warroad player on its roster.
The town has a long hockey tradition with many other highlights: the high school has earned four men’s state championship titles (’94, ’96, ’03, ’05) and two women’s (’10, ’11) in the past 20 years, and has produced NHL and Olympic players. The Warroad Lakers amateur team that existed from 1947 to 1997. Loclas who have gone on to NHL careers have included the likes of Dave Christian, Henry Boucha, Brock Nelson and T.J. Oshie.
You can see the love of hockey as you enter town on its welcome signs or on the community water tower, adorned with hockey sticks.
The Gardens and Olympic rinks, where practices and games run from 6:15 a.m. through 9:15 p.m., essentially serve as a community coffee shop and babysitting service. Nearly 200 children belong to the youth hockey association, some coming from across the border in Manitoba.