The Duluth Heights Community Center outdoor rink is getting an upgrade thanks to the Minnesota Wild.
The rink, outside the center at 33 W. Mulberry St., placed second in an online contest that ended Saturday. The top two vote-getters were each promised a donated rink by the Wild, U.S. Bank and EZ Ice, a manufacturer of outdoor rink equipment.
Marshall, Minn., received the most votes with 34,168 votes, while Duluth Heights had 32,323. East Grand Forks' Greenway Park was a distant third with 15,485 votes. Hermantown was also in the contest but placed fourth with 3,474.
"We're so excited to be awarded a rink as we came into second place," Duluth Heights Hockey wrote in a Facebook post Saturday. "More details to come!"
Rink director Zak Radzak told the News Tribune on Sunday that he doesn't have much information on the new rink but said the Wild were expected to formally announce the winners and details Monday.
In an email, Wild spokesperson Aaron Sickman confirmed winners would be announced Monday.
"The Minnesota Wild and U.S. Bank have teamed up with EZ Ice to donate two outdoor ice rinks to Minnesota communities in order to help grow the game of hockey and to make hockey more accessible for everyone," Sickman said.
The outdoor rink is part of the Duluth Amateur Hockey Association, a group that organizes youth hockey at seven outdoor rinks throughout Duluth.
On the contests' website, the Hockey Association wrote a new outdoor rink was much needed.
"Our boards are about rotten. I worry I will be replacing them this summer and for an association of this size it is a HUGE cost to handle," the group said.
This story was updated at 3:10 p.m. with a response from the Minnesota Wild. It was originally posted at 2:27 p.m.