The Winter Sports Building, built in 1936, was the original home of the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux hockey team. Known affectionately as "The Barn", the facility was notorious for its bitter cold temperatures, with the temperatures inside often colder than those outdoors. Among the star players who called the arena home were UND all-time goal scoring leader Ben Cherski, three time All-Americans Bill Reichert and Bill Steenson, and John Marks, the first NCAA player to be taken in the 1st Round of the NHL draft. The Sioux played their final game in The Barn on March, 8 1972, a 10-2 victory over Michigan in the WCHA playoffs. Not long after, the facility was razed.

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