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Hockey, Tennessee and the UAW

03/04/13

A natural fit

UAW transplants from the Midwest have started to turn Tennessee into a hotbed for hockey. Norm Jenks is one of those members. Originally from Michigan, he was one of the first group of UAW members who came to open the Saturn plant in 1989. When the plant first opened, they had a big influx of families with young kids, he told grantland.com's David Hill.

"A lot of those kids had been playing hockey in their home states when their parents moved their families down here. The only place to play hockey around here was Centennial Sportsplex way up in Nashville. We got the union to build this in-line rink at the union hall so our kids could play."