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Thursday, May 5, 2005
North Of the Border...Hockey Lives!
It was my great fortune to take the scenic 358 mile drive to Thunder Bay, Ontario (Canada) recently for a Rotary convention.

What a drive! What a country...overlooking Lake Superior, rugged and beautiful...

Well, after over seven hours in the car, a cool adult beverage and a little TV was in order when I arrived. Canadian television is not as entertaining as we enjoy here in the "states", plus I learned something...the hockey season has continued in Canada.

Yes, while the rest of us watched billiards, the celebrity poker challenge, the NBA (yaaaaawwwwnnn...), they were still putting the biscuit in the basket, lighting the lamp, fighting and more in Canada.

While the NHL players and the owners try and come up with a new contract, some of the regulars have gone to Canada. It's not the NHL, in fact I'm not sure what brand of hockey it is...but it's on about 30 channels in Canada! Then on their version of ESPN, they have these huge 20-minute recaps of the same stuff.

Actually, I did not miss the NHL season this year. I realized it while visiting our friends to the north.

I have not enjoyed the NBA season either. The Wolves went flat. I liked Flip. And the NBA playoffs without the Timber-Puppies are just boring.

The Twins still hold my interest for the summer and believe it or not...I think I'm getting interested in the NFL again. Not full speed ahead, but some interest.

I do think the Vikings have improved themselves for the 2005-06 season. It should be interesting.

Three locals of note:

Former Wadena-Deer Creek athlete Kourtney Joyce ran a provisional qualifying time of 11:20.08 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at St. Olaf. She was then named MIAC women's athlete of the week.

Another former Wolverine Jeff Metzdorf continues to have a great college track career breaking a 20-year old Hamline University school record, while going 10,000 meters in 30:19.2 which is an automatic national qualifying time.

I see the Minnesota State High School Athletic Administration Association selected Glen Hasselberg of Staples-Motley as the 2005 recipient of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association State Award of Merit.

Glen a long time activities director, coach, mentor and administrator with Staples-Motley and the MSHSL deserves this award. He has been a fun and easy A.D. to work with in my 23 years here in Central Minnesota.

Well, that's enough for now.

The days are getting longer and warmer, trees are budding, woodticks are out...

Aaahhh Summer...you gotta love it!

Dan Skogen is Sports Director for KWAD/KNSP/KKWS in Wadena.
Posted By Dan Skogen
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