Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Faribault’s connection to Sochi February 23, 2014

NO MATTER THE SEASON, no matter how many times I’ve viewed Shattuck-St. Mary’s School through its arched entry, I remain impressed by the incredible beauty and strength of this place.

An arch frames Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault, Minnesota.

An arch frames Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota.

Tucked into Faribault’s east side, Shattuck’s campus seems more Ivy League college or an American version of Hogworts than an historic private boarding school in Minnesota.

But it is here from whence eight 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics hockey players graduated: Brianna Decker, Amanda Kessel and Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux playing for Team USA; Zach Parise and Derek Stepan on the men’s Team USA roster; and Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews competing for Team Canada.

Right here, in southeastern Minnesota, many a hockey great has skated…

© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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25 Responses to “Faribault’s connection to Sochi”

  1. Sank Says:

    Reblogged this on Old and in the Way and commented:
    For you non Minnesotan hockey fans- in case you didn’t know where USA Hockey talent comes from.

  2. Mike S. Says:

    I knew about Parise, but not the others. Also didn’t know Shattuck was co-ed.

  3. treadlemusic Says:

    Lovely photo!!!! I’ve watched very little of the Olympics this time. Very unusual for me.

  4. Jackie Says:

    This certainly does look like a beautiful school, it’s so cool that it’s in Faribault, I had no idea that the USA team had graduates of this school, someday I need to come see this campus !

  5. hotlyspiced Says:

    Wow! What stunning architecture. I love that arch! The town can be very proud of producing so many Olympians xx

    • That’s precisely what I love about Shattuck–the architecture, the buildings constructed from locally-mined limestone.

      The Shattuck grad Olympians are not Faribault natives, but rather came here to attend this prestigious prep school with the notable hockey program.

  6. Beautiful Capture:) Have a few cousins that play hockey at high school level, college level and semi-pro level – enjoy watching a hockey game. Happy Monday – Happy Week!

  7. Interesting – I know that tiny Warroad too, holds close connections to a lot of Olympic hockey players. We have some friends with a son who very much wants to grow up to be in the NHL and I know they’re considering sending him to The Cities for schooling in high school so he’ll have a better chance. But, as you mentioned, Hogwarts/boarding school educations…yeah, no thanks.


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