April 30, 2012
Duluth Alumni News
The Denfeld Hockey Wall
Honoring our Past, Building our Future
"It has been 44 years, but I
can still smell the leather from my first pair of CCM’s lying
new in the box. I can still hear my boyhood friends begging Mr.
Peterson to leave the lights on at Wheeler; 'please Ray, please
just one more hour Ray, please?' I'm sure there are many others
from Irving, Piedmont and from other rinks in the western part of
town that have similar, fond recollections. But the best memory
of all was the excitement and joy of playing high-school hockey
for the Denfeld Hunters." -- Mark Helmer, class of 1971
Several graduates have taken the challenge of
bringing the Denfeld hockey tradition to life at the Duluth Heritage
Sports Center. Our goal is to raise funds to purchase an "Arch
on the Wall," a place where we will display the rich legacy
and history of Hunter Hockey. The funds we raise will not only commemorate
our history, but fund the Heritage Center as well.
To get the project started, we need to raise $20,000.
Our next goal is to match or exceed that amount. Knowing the character
of kids who wore maroon and gold, we are more than confident of
our ability to do this.
Denfeld and Central’s efforts to remember
their legacy will most likely be followed by East, Morgan Park and
Cathedral. We will not only be remembering our past, we will be
building a future by supporting this terrific venue for children.
Youth, boys and girls, will learn and grow through the values of
high school sports. Let us give back in order to create a new generation
of citizens to meet the challenges that face our communities and
our nation. This is an unselfish act.
We hope you will consider making a contribution,
large or small, to the Denfeld Hockey Wall. In so doing, you will
honor your teammates, coaches, parents and your community by memorializing
Hunter Hockey for past, present, and future generations. Whether
you were a star winger or a rink rat from Irving, Piedmont, Merritt,
Norton Park or Wheeler, your contribution will be greatly appreciated.
Denfeld Hockey belongs in that hall. In the words of a good friend,
"because it is my town, my school, my team."
This great game of hockey, especially Denfeld
Hockey, has helped to shape all of us in some way. It's time that
we each give back. Please join us.
Your contribution is tax deductible and all funding
will be handled directly by the Heritage Center. If you have any
photos or headlines you would like us to consider, please forward
them to the Duluth Heritage Sports Center, 120 S.30th Ave. W., Duluth
MN 55806, Attention: Denfeld Hockey Wall. We cannot guarantee what
the final product will be, but we will send your photo or headline
back to you after it is scanned for possible use.
For questions please call Mark Helmer 218-525-2188
or Rick Francisco 218-721-5913. To learn more about the Heritage
Center, please go to duluthheritagesportscenter.com.
It's late in the third period for many of us --
don't leave your teammates with anything but your best!