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August 2017

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r e d , w h i t e a n d b l u e f l a g s f l a p i n t h e summer afternoon breeze. It's the kind of warm, sunny, dry day that one dreams of in the dead of the State of Hockey 's seemingly endless winters. But on this afternoon, surely more than one resident of the far north is already dreaming of those cold winter days, and heading to the rink to watch hockey. Those wind-whipped flags, and a statue of a gloved hand holding a hockey stick aloft in celebration, mark the entrance to the nation's foremost shrine to the game. Ju st o f f H a t T r i c k Ave n u e i n Eve l et h , Minn., the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum began honoring the coun- try's legends of the sport in 1973. In June, the class of 2017 was announced and with the addition of long-time NHL official Kevin Collins, three-time Olympian Scott Young and legendary coaches Jack Parker, Ben Smith and Ron Wilson, there are now 168 individuals and four teams that have received American hockey's highest honor. Hockey has changed dramatically in the 40-plus years that the Hall has recognized the nation's pioneers on and off the ice, and the museum has changed along with BY Jess Myers / PHOTOS BY Mark Sauer H A L L ( O W Like The Game Itself, The U.S. Hockey Hall Of Fame Museum Has Changed With The Times While Preserving Its Past Perched atop one of the highest hills in the heart of Minnesota's famed Iron Range, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Eveleth, Minn. 20 // AUGUST 2017 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM

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