Hockey Day Minnesota on Saturday, the eighth annual celebration of hockey from peewees to pros, will feature more than 16 hours of original hockey-related programming on FOX Sports North and continuous coverage through the Minnesota Wild's social media channels and on Wild.com/hockeyday.
Fans can participate in the events through social media, with the opportunity to win prizes and be part of the telecast via text and photo submissions collected using #HDM2014.
The State of Hockey Legacy Award, first presented as a part of Hockey Day 2010, will be presented to Lou Nanne, the Minnesota hockey legend who this year celebrates calling his 50th high school state tournament.
FOX Sports North will also debut a winter "Fan Express" bus. The fully wrapped 55-seat luxury charter bus featuring FOX Sports branding and Minnesota hometown winter sports teams will serve as a shuttle for fans attending the outdoor events in Elk River.
Programming for Hockey Day Minnesota will also feature items on: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin, an Elk River native; Andrew Qualy, an Army vet seriously wounded in Iraq, and how the Minnesota Warriors hockey team has helped in his physical and mental recovery; the Special Olympics and the sport of poly-hockey; the Handke Pit, a one-of-a-kind outdoor rink in Elk River; and the Reilley brothers, Conner, Ryan and Mike, who all followed their father's footsteps in playing for the University of Minnesota.
For the first time, FOX Sports North will incorporate an exclusive Hockey Day Minnesota theme song throughout the broadcast. "Winter Love" by Bracher Brown, which was previewed earlier in January by Paul Fletcher on Cities 97, will air throughout the day along with highlight clips and unique content. The track can be purchased on iTunes.
The Hockey Day Minnesota 2014 schedule is as follows:
10 a.m. Rochester Lourdes vs. Cloquet/Esko/Carlton (live) FSNorth/ PLUS, FS2/FSGO
1:30 p.m. Elk River vs. Stillwater (live) FSNorth/ PLUS, FS2/ FSGO
5 p.m. University of Minnesota vs. Ohio State (live) FSNorth/PLUS, FS2/ FSGO, BTN2Go
11 p.m. Elk River vs. Anoka -girls- (delayed) FSNorth/PLUS, FS2, FSGO