Evening ceremony marks 20 years of the Ralph Engelstad Arena

Invited guests chatted over food and champagne, and more than a little beer, before gathering before a small stage backgrounded by a large screen that captured the evening’s speakers. Those speakers included REA General Manager Jody Hodgson, who emceed the event; UND President Andrew Armacost; Mayor Brandon Bochenski; UND Athletic Director Bill Chaves; hockey coach Brad Berry; and Kris Engelstad McGarry, trustee of the Engelstad Foundation.

Bochenski, when his turn came at the podium, briefly recounted memories from his days playing at UND and then professionally. He then issued a mayoral proclamation about Oct. 7, 2021.

Said Bochenski: “… Whereas the Engelstad family and Engelstad Foundation have continued to give back to Grand Forks for decades … I Brandon Bochenski, mayor of Grand Forks, do hereby proclaim Oct. 7, 2021, as Ralph Engelstad Arena Day, and call upon the people of Grand Forks to observe this day with pride, appreciation and honor, to be the home of one of the finest sports venues in the world, the Ralph Engelstad Arena.”

Each speaker recounted memories of the storied venue that came online in 2001, remembered some of the games that have taken place there, and expressed their thanks to the

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