The Runestone Community Center in Alexandria will be home to some North American Hockey League action in a couple of weeks for the first time in years.

The St. Cloud Norsemen out of the NAHL, a Tier II junior hockey league, will host the Aberdeen Wings on April 30 at 7:10 p.m. and May 1 at 8:10 p.m. at the RCC. The Norsemen are the former Alexandria Blizzard that last played in Alexandria in 2012. Alexandria moved to Brookings after that year, and then to St. Cloud in 2019 where it rebranded.

The Norsemen have 21 Minnesota natives on their roster and 13 players who have made Division I hockey commitments. St. Cloud is coached by Corey Millen -- a former University of Minnesota and National Hockey League player who coached the Minnesota Wilderness to a Robertson Cup championship in the NAHL in 2015.

Jakob Stender
Jakob Stender

Aberdeen is the defending Robertson Cup champions. The Wings have 15 players who have made Division I college commitments and five Minnesota natives on the team. That includes Alexandria’s Jakob Stender, a rookie defenseman who has played in 42 of the team’s 45 games. Stender has 14 points and a plus-minus rating of plus-24.

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St. Cloud is currently eight points out of a playoff spot in the six-team Central Division with 14 games left on the schedule. Aberdeen has a dominant 41-3-0-4 record and an NAHL-high 83 points in the 23-team league.

There are general admission and VIP tickets available for these games. They can be purchased online by going to tickets.stcloudnorsemen.com. With any ticket or general questions about these games, contact Mark Thompson at mark@alexandriablizzard.com.