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November 2015

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30 NOVEMBER. 2015 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM PHOTOS BY Jim Rosvold estled in the heart of St. Paul, Minn., just outside of the hustle and bustle of downtown, you'll find a quaint shop along Grand Avenue that has become as important a stop for hockey players as the Xcel Energy Center. George's Shoe and Skate Repair has been a part of the capital city's history since establishing a leather shoe repair shop in the 1950s. It was in 1977 that the family-owned business broad- ened its expertise, going from leather boots and shoes to repairing leather-made equipment hockey equipment. Beginning with the Minnesota North Stars and Minnesota Fighting Saints, owner Jerry George has been serving hockey players in the Twin Cities with his skills with a needle and thread. In the winter of 1980 he received a call from St. Paul native Herb Brooks, who recruited George to repair the Olympic gold medal- winning team's equipment. And thus a successful hockey repair business was born. "My dad had a vision to get into sports, so that's what we did," says Dan George, who now runs the store along with his brother, Brian, after their father retired four years ago. "We all played [hockey] growing up so it was a natural fit for us." In its 38 years of sports business, George's Shoe and Skate Repair still emits a robust sense of old-time hockey. Vintage photos of players and teams line the wall, inscribed with "Many Thanks" and "George's is the Best!" as they invite current visitors to step back into hockey history. Despite the visible nostalgia both inside and out, the shop keeps current. George's Shoe and Skate Repair prides itself on its ability to fix nearly any piece of equipment and restore it to virtually new. But one of its many specialties is a repair trade that gets lost in the shuffle of the present day: glove repalming. BACK IN TIME "EQUIPMENT CONTINUES TO EVOLVE FROM HEAD TO TOE TO KEEP UP WITH THOSE CHANGES ON THE ICE. WE DO THE SAME." St. Paul Family Keeps Alive The Lost Art Of Repalming Hockey Gloves By JESSI PIERCE

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