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Youth Hockey Spotlight Stillwater

Wild Drops in on Local 12U Girls Game

As part of the Minnesota Wild Youth Hockey Spotlight, the Wild brought its in-game experience to a girls game in Stillwater

  • 02:20 •

A couple of youth hockey teams got the surprise of a lifetime on Wednesday, thanks to the Minnesota Wild.

In the team's first Youth Hockey Spotlight, the Wild descended on a 12U girls hockey game in Stillwater, Minn. and recreated the in-game experience from Xcel Energy Center, complete with Wild assistant coaches Scott Stevens and John Anderson, mascot Nordy, P.A. announcer Adam Abrams, anthem singer James Bohn, and postgame interviews with Kevin Gorg from Fox Sports North.

The parents and coaches knew it was coming, but the players did not and were shocked to find their own Wild equipment bags and nameplates in their lockers.

Tweet from @mnwild: "It was a big surprise." ��� Raiders goaltender Ellen Wagner on #WildSpotlight
Stevens and Anderson were each assigned as an assistant coach for the two teams and gave pregame speeches.
Tweet from @mnwild: Guest coach Scott Stevens shared a few words of hockey wisdom with Stillwater before the game. #WildSpotlight
Tweet from @mnwild: #mnwild assistant coaches John Anderson and Scott Stevens look right at home. #WildSpotlight
One player, Kylie Ligday, got an extra surprise from her uncle Josh, who had been deployed and came home to see her game.

"It's an unbelievable experience for those girls," Jim Ligday, Kylie's grandfathertold CBS Minnesota. "I watched their faces as they were skating around out there. Smiles everywhere."

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