A Former Department Store is now a Rink of Dreams for Youth Hockey Players in the State of Hockey

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A new ice rink recently opened in St. Paul atop a newly renovated, former iconic downtown department store. This rink is also home to a mission to find new ways to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds do better in school to help them reach for the top when it comes to their futures, the program’s leading partner said today.

Hockey has a rich and well-known tradition across Minnesota. From Anoka to Zimmerman the sport has provided countless children with both athletic and life skills. St. Paul, home to the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament, the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and 1980 Olympic Gold Medal winning coach Herb Brooks continues to be on the forefront of the sport and its many positive facets.

Equity on Ice, a program led by Capital City Properties, the not-for-profit arm of the Saint Paul Port Authority, make sure there is equitable access for all kids to TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center. Along with offering at-risk youth all the advantages that come with the sport of hockey, Equity on Ice will leverage donations to secure ice time for youth players from the St. Paul community who may not otherwise be able to afford it.

At the same time, additional space at Treasure Island Center – perched on the roof of the former Macy’s/Dayton’s department store that the Port Authority bought and renovated in partnership with Hempel Companies – will house nonprofit organizations and tutoring space for those most in need.

One of the Port Authority’s key partners is the DinoMights youth hockey organization, which for many years has found a proven and effective way to use the sport in Minneapolis to teach character-building traits and at…

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