Located along Minnesota’s border with Canada, Warroad is recognized as having one of the most successful hockey programs in the United States. Our story has been featured in books and magazines, in newspapers, on television and on film. And while the tales of our small town are plenty, they’re still being written today and will be long into the future as well.
Our town’s nickname dates back to the mid-1950s, when then-mayor Morrie Taylor first used the phrase “Hockeytown USA” to describe Warroad, a place where hockey is in your blood. Nobody ever dreamed of a trademark back then, but Warroad has been known by that moniker ever since.
The dream of playing professional hockey or participating in the Olympics has been a motivation for the Warroad hockey youth…because kids from Warroad have been doing just that for more than 60 years.
It’s a journey that begins on the ponds and backyard rinks. Many of the same Hockeytown USA rinks graced the community back in the mid-1950’s. No kid pays for ice time in Warroad, and the belief is that “Rink Rat” culture produces great hockey players.