Dubinsky called up to NY RangersTies to the Wood City sports community often run deep all across the country and those ties often come from the most remote places. The latest tie to Cloquet comes via Anchorage, Alaska, and Brandon Dubinsky who is now playing for the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League.
By: Kerry Rodd, The Pine Journal
Ties to the Wood City sports community often run deep all across the country and those ties often come from the most remote places. The latest tie to Cloquet comes via Anchorage, Alaska, and Brandon Dubinsky who is now playing for the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League.
Dubinsky is the son of Heidi and Bill Dubinsky of Anchorage. To help you understand the Cloquet connection, Heidi is the daughter of Marilyn Standridge. Who is Marilyn Standridge? She is the former Marilyn Hunter of Cloquet who grew up on Concorde Avenue next to Garfield School.
Hunter left Cloquet and moved to Anchorage in 1966 three years after her daughter Heidi was born.
To add further intrigue to the story is the fact that three of Hunter’s brothers, Larry, Keith and Mickey, were star basketball players for the Cloquet Lumberjacks.
Fast forward to present day and Dubinsky who was called up by the Rangers on March 9 from their minor league team in Hartford, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Dubinsky had 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points before being called up to play for the Rangers.
“When he got called up we all said, ‘Oh my God,’” exclaimed Marilyn. “We are all on Cloud Nine right now.”
Dubinsky’s father, Bill, is a coach of the Alaska All-Star PeeWee hockey team and has been a Ranger fan for many years after growing up in New York state.
“Since he was a little toddler Brandon was always dressed in Rangers gear,” mentioned Marilyn. “We couldn’t be more excited for him.”
One has to wonder if Brandon even knows the history of his great uncles and their athletic achievements on the basketball court in Cloquet. Both Larry and Keith made it to the state tournament in 1958 and ‘63 while Mickey is considered by many to be the top player the city ever produced.
“I guess I don’t know the answer to that, and as far as I know he has only been to Cloquet once and that was to see my mom,” said Marilyn, who is the daughter of Keith and Evelyn Hunter. “It is just so exciting to get to watch him on television and on the Internet. I haven’t been to a game yet, but I hope to get to one soon.”
The Rangers beat the Islanders on Thursday, March 8, and that solidified a spot in the playoffs.
Pine Journal sports reporter Kerry Rodd can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.