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Northwoods Spotlight: Eagle River Sports Arena 12-12Submitted: 12/12/2012
Story By Joe Dufek

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EAGLE RIVER - Hockey is a fixture in Eagle River. The Pond Hockey championships are in February. Add in high school, youth, and adult contact hockey - the sport is definately a part of life.

In this week's "Northwoods Spotlight," we take a look at where many rink battles have been decided for nearly 80 years.

Hockey in Eagle Rvier as late as the 1920s consisted of teams playing on a frozen lake. But in 1933, the Eagle River Stadium was completed. Designed by a german archetect named Max Hanisch - It was the first indoor hockey facility in Wisconsin.


Junior Stebbeds has been involved in hockey in the Eagle River area for over 30 years. He described the early days of the rink having, "Dirt floor - they used to host boxing here. They had the circus here. The glass wasn't there - there used to be box seats below."

The original roof consisted of a dome with several windows. In the 60s, the roof was renovated into it's current all-wood structure. It's now known as the Eagle River Sports Arena. The Eagle River Falcons adult hockey team as well as youth hockey, and the Northland Pines Eagles call the dome home.

"The banners really stick out," adds Northland Pines senior Forward Austin Ramesh. "Just alot of history. Just cool to play."

In 1994, the rink was added to the Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places. Leaving a treasure for future generation to play and enjoy.


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