This fall, the Minnesota Wild will be celebrating its 10th season in the National Hockey League.
To commemorate this milestone, 10 places around the state of hockey have been selected that has shown to help with the growth, stability or honor the game of hockey.
The state of Minnesota is rich in hockey culture, and as far as the United States are concerned, Minnesota is the Mecca of hockey.
With great traditions in junior, collegiate and professional hockey this is the prime state to go for the true hockey fan or player.
Was it the 10,000 lakes that froze every winter?
Was it a pastime during the long hard winters?
Or was it the spirit and love for the game that Minnesotans keep close in their hearts that keeps the flame of hockey alive so vibrant.
Whatever the reason, Minnesota and its rich history with the game of hockey truly is something for any sports fan to be inspired by and to appreciate.
This leads us to the first stop on the list, four hours north of the Twin Cities to a town called Eveleth which is home to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
Opened in 1973, the 20,000 square foot building on Hat Trick Avenue attracts hockey fans from all across the US and Canada.
At a cost of $833,000 the building was 80 percent financed from the Federal Government.
Add in the $170,000 to build the exhibits and displays and the total cost was just over $1 million.
As you walk in the door to the Hall of Fame, two jerseys are front and center.
Mike Modano's home jersey along with a game puck from what some consider to be his last professional game he played, ironically here in Minnesota where he began his career.
Along side him is a tribute to Bobby Ryan and his jersey he wore when he set the NHL record for fastest time to score a hat trick.
Above is the Great Wall where 129 players, coaches, referees and administrators are honored.
Two teams have also been enshrined and those are 1960 and 1980 US Olympic teams, each who won gold medals.
Along with its exhibits and artifacts, the Hall of Fame is also interactive with activities anyone can try and enjoy.
These include a shot accuracy game which challenges the player to hit certain targets in a small time period.
Test your power on the Shot Speed indicator and see how fast your shot is against the pros.
Finally try some old fashioned hockey arcade, a game of dome hockey or old fashioned knee hockey.
The Hall of Fame really does have something for everyone from the enthusiast to the beginner.
The pride story of the Hall of Fame and one that echos on every floor of the building is the story of 1980 US Olympic team.
The "Miracle on Ice" as so many have called it is exemplified throughout the Hall of Fame.
From Herb Brooks's whistle, a player worn warm-up, a signed photograph of all the coaches and players and a 45 minutes documentary of the team's remarkable and unbelievable triumph over the Soviet Union.
But it wasn't just a hockey game.
This was a time where even president Jimmy Carter was voicing doubt into the minds of Americans.
Gasoline was in short supply, the defeat of Vietnam was still lingering but most of all, the capture of American citizens by Iranian students who overtook US Embassy in Tehran who were held hostage for 10 months.
The victory over the Soviets wasn't just a win for a chance at the gold medal, but it was America rising from the dead.
The win gave America hope, and the political shock wave it sent across the globe into the Soviet Union is still being felt today.
It truly was a miracle, for a young group of hockey players, and for American Citizens.
Built by the Christian Brothers Hockey Stick Company in Warroad, MN this Minnesota charm was fit to be next to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Completed in 1995, it was hauled four hours and over 200 miles to Eveleth.
Due to its size and length, it was escorted by the Minnesota State Patrol and traffic had to be directed to the shoulder just to get the "big stick" to its destination.
Made of yellow ad white aspen, this stick measure 107 feet long and weighs in a 7,000 pounds.
The shaft is 90 feet long, 22 inches wide and 15 inches thick and require 30 laminations to complete.
The blade is 17 feet long 66 inches wide and four inches thick.
The Canadian's have a replica hockey stick that is bigger but was turned down by the Guiness book of records since it wasn't a real hockey stick.
With all of its great history and exhibits, the US Hockey Hall of Fame should be a stop on your travel list.