This release Thursday from the Minnesota Wild on 2011 Hockey Day Minnesota:
FOX Sports North announced Thursday a cooperative effort to celebrate the Fifth Hockey Day Minnesota with a full day of hockey programming, including telecasts of games taking place across the state Saturday, February 12, 2011.
Hockey Day Minnesota 2011 on FOX Sports North, presented by Wells Fargo as part of a multi-year agreement, will include a full day of hockey-related programming designed as a celebration of the game from peewees to pros. The city of Moorhead, Minn., will serve as the background for the high school games featured in the Hockey Day Minnesota 2011 lineup.
“Moorhead is an ideal location to celebrate the community spirit of Minnesota Hockey,” said Dave Margenau, President of Minnesota Hockey. “The Moorhead Youth Hockey Association is well respected and will represent all that makes hockey in Minnesota so special.”
“Hockey Day Minnesota continues to grow and build tradition throughout the State of Hockey,” said Mike Dimond, Senior Vice President and General Manager of FOX Sports North. “It provides an opportunity to highlight hockey in Minnesota at all levels and we’re very excited to showcase the programs in Moorhead.”
Hockey Day Minnesota coverage will also include a Minnesota Wild game from Xcel Energy Center, as well as a University of Minnesota game. A complete list of games and programming schedule will be released at a later date.
“Hockey Day Minnesota has quickly become a date that the residents of the State of Hockey mark on their calendars,” Wild Chief Operating Officer Matt Majka said. “The Wild is pleased to partner with Wells Fargo, FOX Sports North, Minnesota Hockey and the city of Moorhead on this tremendous day.”
Last season’s day-long event took place on January 23, 2010 and included 21 hours of hockey-related programming with five games from three different Minnesota locations: the Hermantown Hockey Complex in Hermantown, Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. A record-breaking 3,500 fans attended the outdoor high school hockey games and activities in Hermantown. Other previous locations include Baudette Bay and St. Paul.