The John Spalj Arena in the Hallett Center of Crosby draws many people into the Cuyuna Range through ice hockey and special events.
The HCC Arena is equipped for five months of ice skating and ice hockey. It is the home to the Crosby-Ironton, Aitkin, Pequot Lakes Youth Hockey Association and Breezy Point Sports hockey tournaments, drawing teams and their families from all reaches of the mid-west.
The Crosby-Ironton, Aitkin and Pequot Lakes High Schools combine to sponsor the Northern Lakes “Lightning” varsity hockey team playing out of the John Spalj and Breezy Point Arenas.
The Hallett Center of Crosby operates the Lakes Area Hockey League for adults that include teams from Brainerd, Baxter, Crosslake, Pequot Lakes, and Aitkin. HCC also holds various Open Skating and Open Hockey sessions each week during the winter.
During the remaining months, the HCC Arena becomes a field house for activities such as basketball, hitting golf balls and is the base for summer Kidz Kamp. It also has served as a convention center for special events, including:
- Cuyuna Range Trade, Industry & Sports Show
- HCC Chilli Cook-Off
- Crosby Classic Car Show
- Women’s Expo & Craft Show
- C-I All-Class Reunions
- Youth Baseball Clinics
- Wedding Receptions
Beside an NHL size 200’x85’ rink, the Arena is also equipped with a safe, rubberized year-round walking/running track for people of all ages.
Pickleball is available from March 1 to October 15. We have four courts striped for pickleball and equipment maybe checked out at the front desk.