Yackel personalizes the game of hockey by reflecting the emotions and experiences of the player. His abstract sculptures reflect his love of the sport.

HIP CHECK

Defense Man “hip checking” on an opponent that uses his glove to get by the “check"

FLIP PASS

Motion of the puck being passed from one stick to another, to another stick

FACE OFF

Two intersecting sticks; on top of a puck made out of wood

HOOKING

Player controlling the puck getting hooked around the arm

GOAL PADS

Two sets of goalie pads made from wood

HAT TRICK

Three pucks, three sticks, three goal posts; out of wood

GOALIE MASK

Mask with a mirror behind it. When you look at the mask you see your eyes. It is as though you are wearing the Mask. (Mask is formed out of plastic)

NO GOAL

Two views of the goal line; made of plastic, wood and vulcanized rubber

BOARD SCULPTURE

Human paintbrush, one red, one blue. Plexie-glass and acrylics board (12’ x 8’)

BODY CHECK

Human paintbrush, one red, one blue. Plexie-glass from a rink with wooden boards. (3’ x 8’)

STICK ARCH

Hockey Sticks before the final production process representing the start of the game. Five sticks per side with one puck. One team represents the straight blade era; the other team represents the change of the game and the curved blade.The reflection, or shadow,
below the arch makes
a “Face-Off”.

PLAYER'S BENCH

Regulation size bench out of wood that has 15 “sit marks” craved in the wood

SKATE BLADES

Skate blades made of clay

BOB JOHNSON AWARD

The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) award to the hockey player of the year, it is named after one of the legends of US hockey.

STICK INVERSION

A puck and a stick inverted; a reflection made of marble with slate base

PUCK FETUS

“Where do Hockey Players come from?”

PUCK BUST

Figure of the head is made of vulcanized rubber disks (hockey pucks)

HOCKEY BLADES

One stick blade and one skate blade sculpted out of pipestone

MINIATURE SCULPTURE

Hockey equipment sculpted out of silver

COMPRESSOR PARTS

Steel Piston Shafts, from the compressor; are used to keep the ice frozen.

FIRST STRIDES

Steel skate blades that represent the first two strides of skating

RADIUS POINT

Using the skate blades to show the directions that can be made on skates. The top of the pedestal is made from plastic, which represents the ice surface; underneath represents the
pipes that keep the ice frozen.

ICE SHAVINGS FROZEN IN TIME

An abstract work, a skate blade cutting into the ice, stopping, sending ice shavings flying

HELMETED WORLD

The Earth on top of a Hockey Puck
with a leather hockey helmet to protect it

FAMILY BLADES

The Artist's immediate family; Dad was a Hockey Player,
Mom a Speed Skater.
The children underneath are one Figure Skater and two Hockey Players.

BORN TO GLIDE

A foot that has a blade attached ~
“…you were born with skates on your feet…”

VUK'S GOAL

John Vukalich, while playing high school hockey in MN, took the puck and skated the length of the ice, went around the defense man, in on the goalie and the goalie made the save. The puck was cleared back down into his team zone, he gained control of the puck, again, made the same move around the same defense man, went in on the goalie, made the same move on the goalie and this time scored a goal! The picture used for creating the sculpture was of ‘Vuk’ scoring the goal.

DECK SAVE

Goal Tender keeping the puck from going into the goal using his leg pads

MINNESOTA STATE ALDRICH AWARD

A traveling trophy given by the Coaches Association to the winner of the state tournament, it is given in honer of the founder of the tournament.