Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Out with the Old at UND, Unfortunately

The old Ralph Engelstad Arena is now gone, but the memories live on.

The old coffee-brown steel barn, which served as the home of North Dakota Fighting Sioux Hockey from 1972 to 2001, met its demise in July and August to make way for a new UND indoor practice facility.

Former Sioux players have talked about the building and what it meant to them:


I never made it to the old Ralph myself, but it seemed like a neat place. The gateway to five NCAA titles and 11 combined WCHA regular-season and tournament crowns, it was more representative of a simpler time in college hockey than the palatial new Ralph Engelstad Arena on the UND campus that replaced it 12 years ago.

Remember When, indeed.

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