Hockey heaven on the Northern Plains
Inspired by the success of the University of North Dakota's men's and women's teams, hockey is a growing sport in North Dakota, in both participation and spectators. Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks is packed to its palacial rafters for UND men's games, and the women are building a growing fan base due to the succcess of twin Olympians Jocleyn and Monique Lamoureux of Grand Forks.
Junior hockey players on the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League and Bismarck Bobcats and Minot Minotauros of the North American Hockey League are trying to impress college scouts, and arenas throughout North Dakota entertain girls and boys high school crowds during the winter months.
Those who prefer to be on the ice can try their skills at pond hockey, which can be little more than brushing the snow off frozen lakes.