Jan 22, 2001 — This weekend Washington DC was displaying its essential characteristics: fur coats and black ties, thousand dollar roasts, fleets of motorcades, and, of course, the inauguration of a president. At the same time, a North Country institution was preening in its own way. Saturday marked the 50th birthday of St. Lawrence University's venerable Appleton Hockey Arena. And Dartmouth, the same team that faced off against the Larries to inaugurate Appleton on January 20, 1951, returned to relive college hockey history. So did St. Lawrence alumni, former players, and former Saints broadcasters to share fond memories of a hockey arena with one foot firmly rooted in the past. David Sommerstein takes us to the wooden benches behind the glass for an appreciation.