What ties Doug Woog, Herb Brooks and Paris Hilton? They’re on this hockey mural – Twin Cities

Painter Richard Hubal is putting the finishing touches on a hockey-themed mural in South St. Paul that pays homage to the game and the city’s hometown stars.

Included are such South St. Paul hockey greats as former Gophers coach Doug Woog, NHL Hall of Famer Phil Housley and three Packers linemates — Felicia Nelson, Ashley Young and Maggie Fisher — who brought the town state championships in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

But the mural, painted on a 52-foot-by-4-foot retaining wall at Hat Trick Liquors, is also a who’s who of Minnesota sports, with the Purple People Eaters, Kevin Garnett, Kirby Puckett and Jack Morris among the nearly 200 faces in the crowd.

“There’s so much history on this wall,” Dennis Keil, owner of Hat Trick Liquors at 1150 Southview Blvd., said one afternoon this week. Keil, a hardcore hockey fan who grew up on the Iron Range, commissioned Hubal, one of the area’s most prolific mural painters, last month after the 61-year-old artist finished a Rice Street mural at Hamernick’s Decorating on St. Paul’s Rice Street.

Minnesota hockey legends, from left, Herb Brooks, Doug Woog, and Henry Boucha are included in Richard Hubal's mural
Minnesota hockey legends, from left, Herb Brooks, Doug Woog, and Henry Boucha are included in Richard Hubal’s mural “Hockey Town U.S.A.” (Matthew Weber / Pioneer Press)

Hubal, who moved to South St. Paul from Woodbury two years ago, added lots of surprises to the hockey mural as “a way to keep people’s eyes moving throughout the piece.”

“Here’s Bob Dylan and Prince,” Hubal said this week, pointing out how the music icons are sitting next to each other. “He looks like he’s trying to aggravate Bob.”

Hubal’s sense of humor and hockey knowledge are scattered throughout the mural.

He put Norm Green, the reviled North Stars owner who moved the franchise to Dallas, in the “Forever Penalty Box,” which has a lock on it.

“He’ll be taking penalties forever,” Hubal said.

Alfred E. Neuman, the MAD magazine mascot, wears a Washington Capitals jersey to represent the team’s measly eight-win 1974-75 season.

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