Pine City mite, Merrick Kolashinski, met Christian Isackson at last year’s Skate with the Gophers.
The University of Minnesota men’s hockey team will hold its annual Skate With The Gophers, sponsored by M&M’s on Saturday, Feb. 2. The popular event will be held from 12-3 p.m. at Mariucci Arena.
Recently, Tracy Isackson, mother of Gopher No. 26, Christian Isackson, attended a D mite game to see her nephew play on the indoor ice, and said, “It reminded me of when Christian started playing on the outdoor ice in Pine City. I am happy to see the youth program growing in Pine City.”
She added, “I also thought of many of the young men who were in high school when he was young, they always let Christian skate with the big kids. Now many of them have their own little kids starting out.”
“So many people play a part in the positive growth and development in our children’s lives and I want to thank all of those who contributed to him in his time at Pine City. Time, encouragement, discipline, hard work, faith and even tough times teach you as you learn to work with adversity and success.”
Isackson invites all Pine City Hockey players, past and present, to attend skate with the Gophers at this event.
“Wear your Pine City Dragon gear and make sure you say hi to Christian this is his hometown and he identifies that on his bio,” she said, adding, “Again, thank you for all the support throughout his Pine City years. We would love to see as many Pine City Dragons as can make it.”
Fans can register in advance by calling 612-624-8080. Fans who wish to secure a specific time to skate are strongly encouraged to register by calling 612-624-8080 in advance. Fans can also purchase tickets the day of the event, but specific skating times cannot be guaranteed. Fans attending the event will be able to skate on the Mariucci Arena ice with the Gophers and will able to able to take pictures with and get autographs from members of the team. In addition, there will also be an area where fans can try on equipment, get their hair and face painted and play games.
Tickets for adults are $5, while youth tickets are $3. Attendees are asked to bring their own skates if they are able, as there are only a limited number of rental skates available. Rental skates are $2.