Oldest College Hockey Venues

     If you’d like to read about the oldest venues in Division I college hockey, including the DECC, an ESPN.go link is here.

     The entry for the DECC was the last on the list and reads:

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Minnesota Duluth

Opened: 1966

Nestled on the western edge of the Great Lakes, the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is a multipurpose venue that hosts concerts and conventions in addition to Bulldogs hockey. The arena concourse features a panoramic view of Lake Superior, but hockey fans are much more drawn to the action inside.

Most of the arena’s 5,294 seats are situated above the top of the glass, and the rows are pitched at such a steep angle that the players on the ice down below appear as if they are combatants facing off in a frozen version of the Colosseum in Rome.

The final siren is about to sound on the building, which hosted the men’s Frozen Fours in 1968 and 1981 and the women’s Frozen Fours in 2003 and 2008. This season is the last full campaign for the Bulldogs in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, as a $70 million lakeside arena with 6,600 seats is scheduled to open next door in late December.

Also, center MacGregor Sharp, after three days with the Anaheim Ducks, has been reassigned to San Antonio of the American Hockey League:

Sharp, 24, has appeared in eight games for the Ducks this season, going scoreless with six shots on net. Recalled from San Antonio on Jan. 3, Sharp did not appear in a game in his most recent stint for Anaheim. Originally recalled from Bakersfield (ECHL) on Nov. 18, Sharp made his NHL debut on Nov. 19 vs. Tampa Bay. He was reassigned to San Antonio on Dec. 5 and scored 3-5=8 points in 12 games. Sharp began the season with the Condors, collecting 4-10=14 points with 10 penalty minutes (PIM) in 15 games.