The hockey legacy of Jim Metzen

The longtime Minnesota legislator has played an integral role in growing hockey through Mighty Ducks legislation


By John Hamre
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Minnesota didn’t become the “State of Hockey” overnight. Years of tradition – wintertime freezes of the lakes, outdoor rinks being flooded, and indoor community rinks developed over time – have all helped grow hockey in Minnesota over the past century. The availability of many skating facilities and ice-time resources as part of public park systems have advanced opportunities of many young hockey players in Minnesota. Availability to ice time has made Minnesota a world-renowned talent producer in hockey, and provides venues for physical activity and recreation.


Urology, yoga and hockey combine in Fergus Falls

By Peter Knutson
Let’s Play Hockey

Smalls towns are usually not the place one would find a specialized urologist, but that is not the case for Fergus Falls. Dr. Zvi Levran recently moved into the Fergus Falls area and he has also brought his practice with him from Livonia, Mich., where he had been a successful urologist for 16 years.

Dr. Levran is very well respected in his field. He was born in Israel before moving to the U.S. and attending Wayne State University in Detroit. After that, he served his residency at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., and finally started working in a private medical practice soon after that.

While his track record is impressive in his line of work, that’s not all he has brought to Fergus Falls. Dr. Levran loves hockey and he loves doing whatever he can to help out the team.

For the last 10 years, he has been very active in high school hockey in Michigan volunteering his time and skills.

“At one point I believe I was working for five teams during the year,” Dr. Levran said. “I was on the bench for almost every game. I even rode the bus with the teams. It was nice to have a solo practice because then I could set my own hours and make it to most of the games.”

He also teaches power yoga. Hockey teams have started using this as a means to prevent injuries. Dr. Levran has found it to be very successful.

“The year I started teaching yoga to the kids we had zero injuries. The year before there were many pulled groins and stretched muscles. The effects of doing this yoga can clearly be seen.”

If that wasn’t enough, Dr. Levran also worked with many of the elite teams in Michigan and even went on a yearly trip the to Bauer NIT tournament in Minnesota as well as three trips to Europe.

Dr. Levran was hard pressed to leave Michigan where he had spent most of his life, but he decided it was time for him to leave.

“Many of the big hospitals were eating up and taking over the small practices. I loved the feeling of a small practice and wanted to be in a rural area away from the big group. For the last four years my friend had been calling me, asking for me to move to Fergus Falls. He worked at Lake Region Health Care and said they did not have a head urologist. All of the elements I wanted were present so I could not resist a chance to work there.”

During his time in Fergus Falls, Dr. Levran picked up where he left off in Michigan. He teaches the local teams yoga, attends to medical injuries, and does just about everything he can to help the community.

“It was a different hockey atmosphere in Fergus Falls. The school was so much smaller than I was used to, but the hockey was so much bigger.”

Dr. Levran also enjoys playing the game himself. “I love playing. I try to skate every Friday with my son.”

In a small rural town where there isn’t a urologist within a 50-mile radius, Fergus Falls got more than it could ask for in Dr. Levran, a great doctor, a great hockey advocate and a great person.

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