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Faceoff For Fitness School Assembly Program

The Minnesota Wild Faceoff For Fitness School Assembly Program is a great way to energize elementary school students, help them understand the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle, and learn more about the great sport of hockey through a partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The best part is, it's FREE!

To continue the tradition of growing a greater State of Hockey, the Minnesota Wild have pledged to bring Faceoff For Fitness to every St. Paul and Minneapolis public elementary school by the end of the 2019-2020 season.  

Each Faceoff For Fitness school assembly will feature a visit from a current Minnesota Wild player or Wild alumni and Stanley Cup champion, Ryan Carter; former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher, Olympic Gold Medalist and current Minnesota Whitecaps forward, Hannah Brandt; Minnesota Wild mascot, Nordy; and in-arena announcer, Rusty Kath. The Wild will continue its tradition of donating a set of street hockey equipment to each participating school and will give each student a pack of Wild hockey cards, each card featuring a fitness or nutrition tip.

Schools outside of the St. Paul and Minneapolis school districts will also have an opportunity to participate in this program. Ten schools will be selected to participate in this program over the next two seasons. Schools interested in hosting the Faceoff For Fitness program are encouraged to register below.



Past and Future Faceoff For Fitness Locations

Meet the Team

Ryan Carter was born August 3, 1983, in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He played two seasons at Minnesota State University - Mankato from 2004-06 before signing as a free agent with the Anaheim Ducks on July 12, 2006. He totaled 93 points and 473 career games during nine NHL seasons with Anaheim, Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, and Minnesota. Carter has collected 12 points in 46 playoff games and won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. After ten seasons in the NHL, he announced his retirement from the NHL in September 2017. He currently works for the front office of the Minnesota Wild assisting with various projects and community initiatives.

Rusty Kath has been one of the Minnesota Wild's in-arena hosts on the video board for over a decade and has announced many other sports in that time. He has been the MC for Faceoff For Fitness since it's inception three years ago. Off the clock, he is regularly working through different fitness programs and searching for new and creative meals to get his five- and two-year-old kids to make healthy food choices (it doesn't always work). He resides in Buffalo, MN where his wife teaches kindergarten.

Hannah Brandt was born November 27, 1993, in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota. She played her high school career with Hill-Murray Pioneers and was named one of the Minnesota Ms. Hockey finalists in 2012. After high school, Hannah attended the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities where she played forward for the Golden Gophers from 2012-2016. During her tenure with the Gophers, Hannah helped win three National Championship titles and was named WCHA Rookie of the Year in 2013 and WCHA Player of the Year during her sophomore and junior seasons. She was selected to represent Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics and helped Team USA win their first gold medal since 1998. Hannah currently plays for the Minnesota Whitecaps, who will play their first season with the NWHL this year.

A WILD animal born in the north woods of the Iron Range, Nordy was found skating the frozen lakes and ponds near Eveleth, MN. While no one truly knew what sort of Wild animal he is, it was clear that Nordy encompassed the true spirit of the Wild. So in 2008, Nordy proudly accepted the offer to become the mascot for the Minnesota Wild. He stays true to his "up north-y" roots but has moved into his own lair at Xcel Energy Center so he can be closer to his favorite hockey team. Nordy wears the number 18,001 to represent his place as a member of The Team of 18,000. To date, he has the largest number ever allowed on an NHL jersey! Nordy lives for hockey and is one of the last players to still sport his "hockey hair" mullet. Nordy is strong and rugged but huggable and fun loving. 

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