Fields will play where ‘Miracle on Ice’ happened
Even though Detroit Lakes sixth grader Jackson Fields wasn’t even close to being born when the Miracle on Ice took place in 1980, he will be able to play firsthand where it all went down.
Fields was named to the NHG Pride select hockey team this past season and will play in the CAN/AM games in Lake Placid, N.Y. March 27-30.
The NHG Pride consists of PeeWee players who were born in 2001-02 from the upper Midwest, as they will face teams from around the U.S. and Canada in historic arenas, including the Field House’s Herb Brooks Rink, where the United States men’s hockey team won the gold medal in 1980.
Fields, who played as a defenseman on the DL PeeWee A team, scored 10 goals and had 22 assists, while seeing some time at forward, as well.
He played on the Select 3A Series team this past summer, which is an all-star team in the 11-12 year old range. That’s where he gained the opportunity to be selected on the all-star NHG Pride hockey team.
Now he will travel with his parents, Mike and Christine, to New York, where he will be playing with – and against – some of the best players in the U.S. and Canada in his age division.
“I am expecting the players to be a lot faster and have a nice shot on goal,” Fields said. “It will also be pretty cool playing in Lake Placid.”
The CAN/AM games last four days, with each team guaranteed four games in pool play, while advancing to a medal round in the fifth game.
Games begin Thursday afternoon and end Sunday afternoon.
Fields excelled on the defense for the DL PeeWee A’s, providing the team with an agile, but physical, force on the defensive side of the ice.
“I’m pretty good skating with the puck and protecting the goal,” Fields said of his strengths.
The opportunity of playing in front of scouts and elite coaches during the CAN/AM games is also good exposure for Fields.
“It’s a good opportunity for him to possibly catch the eye of someone,” said Mike Fields, Jackson’s father. “It’s great exposure.”