Silver Bay hockey pioneers honored in Hall of Fame
Three men were honored as the first members of the Rukavina Arena "Wall of Fame" in Silver Bay, prior to the North Shore Storm's home opening 6-1 win over Proctor Thursday, Nov. 29.
Lino Rauzi, Art Anderson and Roger Coster were all honored with plaques on the back wall of the arena mezzanine prior to the puck drop for their contributions to hockey specifically in Silver Bay.
Rauzi came to Silver Bay in 1960, just four years after the city was founded, as teacher at Mary MacDonald Elementary School and football coach for the Mariners. Rauzi also helped found the Silver Bay youth hockey program and became the coach of the first Mariner varsity hockey program in 1964 along with Anderson. His "devotion and dedication" to the early program also resulted in the construction of Rukavina Arena in 1966, according to his plaque.
Anderson — who was unable to attend the ceremony — grew up in Warroad, Minn., and arrived in Silver Bay in 1961 and, along with Rauzi became the coach of the Silver Bay Bantam team that evolved into the Mariner varsity team in 1964. He coached the team for two seasons before returning to the Bantam level.
Coster moved to Silver Bay in 1970 when he was hired at William Kelley High School as a social studies teacher. He coached football, baseball and hockey in Silver Bay, Two Harbors and at Duluth Cathedral — now Duluth Marshall — from 1970-1996. He served as the school's athletic director from 1997 until his retirement in 2014. He was inducted into the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1998.
"Even though I wasn't around when hockey started here," Silver Bay Blue Line Club trustee Wade LeBlanc said during the ceremony, "I am very fortunate to have had all three of these gentleman have an impact in my life, not to mention the lives of many people that have laced up a pair of skates in this building."
Storm blasts Rails
Storm senior Mason Meyer scored twice in the team's 6-1 victory over Proctor, the team's first of the season.
Other goal scorers included Cole Komarek, Will Olson, Ryder McMillen and Wyatt Haugan. Goalie Cameron Roy stopped 31 of 32 shots he faced.
North Shore will face North Branch at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in North Branch.