Duluth is deserving of ‘Hockeytown, USA’ titleRICK LUBBERS: It’s time for Duluth to stake its claim as “Hockeytown, USA.”
By: Rick Lubbers, Duluth News Tribune
It’s time for Duluth to stake its claim as “Hockeytown, USA.”
Emblazon it on city limits signs.
Post it on official city stationary.
Drape it from the Aerial Lift Bridge.
Carve it into the side of Spirit Mountain.
Plaster it on Mayor Don Ness’ license plates.
Shine it from Enger Tower.
Write it on the sky over the Duluth International Airport.
With apologies to Warroad, Minn., where the moniker was coined decades ago; and St. Paul, Minn., where some folks believe that flag should planted; and Detroit, Mich., where that boast is swathed over the Detroit Red Wings’ Joe Louis Arena, and any other city, town, village, hamlet or cave with the audacity to dub itself Hockeytown, USA.
Duluth, Minn., is the true Hockeytown, USA.
A year ago in a column I suggested that Duluth needed a hockey-oriented nickname. Rather than start a battle with Warroad, St. Paul or Detroit, I tossed out a few ideas such as Hockey City, Goal Town and Pucksville. One reader suggested Hockey Capital. But others preferred Hockeytown, USA.
And why not?
Overwhelming evidence supports that assertion:
Hockey’s not only a sport Duluthians and her close neighbors enjoy to watch and play, but it’s also in the residents’ DNA — a trait celebrated at the aptly named Duluth Heritage Sports Center.
Is it a stretch to say that at any given moment during the year, somewhere around the world a Duluth native is playing hockey?
Drive around town a bit and there seems to be an arena or outdoor rink every 500 feet. If water towers could be shaped like pucks, Duluth would have them. If it were cost effective, each newborn child would cuddle with a hockey puck inside Duluth’s maternity wards.
Isn’t it obvious, Duluth?
Even though Warroad coined it.
Even though Detroit copyrighted it.
Even though St. Paul copped it.
Duluth, Minn., it’s time to claim it. Hockeytown, USA is your rightful legacy.
Contact News Tribune sports editor Rick Lubbers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (218) 723-5317. Follow him @ricklubbersdnt on Twitter.