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Hamline Hockey Plays First Games in New Rink

The Hamline women's and men's hockey teams have a new home to skate in—one with a panoramic view of downtown St. Paul. The Pipers officially moved their gear into locker rooms at the TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center, located on the corner of 6th and Wabasha Street in downtown St. Paul, last week before their first games on the rink.

The arena, which is on the fifth floor of the old Macy's building, will be the main practice facility for the NHL's Minnesota Wild. The women played the first Hamline game in the Tria Rink against Marian University on January 5. On January 6, the men played their initial game there against Augsburg.

In all, each hockey team is scheduled to play eight regular season games in TRIA in 2018. In addition to handling the needs of the Wild and Hamline, the arena will host several youth tournaments and clinics.

"We are thrilled to be playing in this beautiful building," said Hamline athletic director Jason Verdugo. "We feel it is one of the neatest facilities in the country for a D-III team." 

The arena will seat approximately 1,200 fans. One unique aspect of the place is a large window on the south wall that overlooks part of St. Paul. Hamline will also be represented on a large mural that was painted outside the building.

You can find more information about the rink and the hockey schedule on the athletics website. Verdugo also was interviewed about Hamline hockey's new home on WCCO-TV.