EVELETH, Minn. – The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, a shrine for stars from all levels of American hockey the past three decades, has closed its doors.
The hall may move to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul or the Mall of America in Bloomington, although no decision has been made, officials said. The hall’s closure was announced Friday.
Many college, Olympic and pro hockey greats have come from Eveleth, including John Mayasich, Willard Ikola and John Mariucci. A giant hockey stick stands downtown and police cars display the Hall of Fame logo.
The museum, which attracts about 10,000 visitors a year, has struggled since opening in 1972. It costs about $11,000 a month to keep it operating, said executive director Tom Sersha.
I bet many of you didn’t even know one existed. There is another HOF in Toronto
Placing a Hall of Fame three hours from any major city(Sorry Duluth doesn’t count) in a region where travelling is made difficult by the climate for 1/3 to half the year to me just seems plain dumb to me. Yes Cooperstown is a long way from New York City but Hockey is not Baseball either in America.
A move to the MSP metro area would seem a smart idea. While a mall would bring many visitors, I just think isn’t the proper background for a shrine to a sport’s history. Some how Kaybee Toys, Hockey Hall of Fame, The Limited just isn’t appealing to me.
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