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Stanley Cup to Be on View at Eau Claire
Hobbs Ice Arena

RELEASED: June 27, 2008

David Kolb Stanley Cup
David Kolb
Stanley Cup

EAU CLAIRE — Thanks to a scout for the 2007-08 Stanley Cup-winning Detroit Red Wings, the National Hockey League's championship trophy will be on view from noon-3 p.m. July 6 at the Eau Claire Hobbs Ice Arena as part of a fundraiser for the Future of Ice campaign for the renovation and expansion of the arena.

David Kolb, who was raised in Eau Claire and has worked for the Red Wings organization for 12 years, is bringing the trophy to his hometown to participate in the fundraiser. The event is hosted by the Ice Sports Consortium.

The public will be able to pose for a 5-by-7 photo with the trophy for a donation of $10. Spectators can also make additional freewill donations and receive information about major gift naming opportunities in the building. Net proceeds will go toward the Future of Ice campaign for the renovation and expansion project, which includes enclosing the Michael Hughes outdoor rink, building a new lobby and concession area, and expanding seating capacity. Preliminary plans for the renovation will be on view at the arena as well.

"I am grateful to the Red Wings ownership and management for the opportunity to bring the Cup to my hometown," Kolb said. "It's very rewarding to be able to share this experience and also to raise awareness and some funds for the renovation of Hobbs Arena. The arena really benefits the whole community, and I hope that these improvements will help the area hockey programs to continue to grow."

Kolb has strong ties to Hobbs Ice Arena and amateur hockey. His father, Fred Kolb, was the first UW-Eau Claire Blugold hockey coach and is a professor of economics at the university. David went on scouting trips as a small child and was often at games with his father. Later he played Eau Claire Youth Hockey and for the Memorial High School hockey team.

"Those early experiences made me fall in love with the sport of hockey," David Kolb said. "Kids really benefit from the youth programs like the ones offered at Hobbs."

Members of the Ice Sports Consortium are the city of Eau Claire, Eau Claire Figure Skating Club, Eau Claire Memorial and North high school hockey programs, Eau Claire Youth Hockey and UW-Eau Claire men's and women's hockey programs.

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