STILLWATER, Minn. -- The official 11th Annual Wells Fargo Hockey Day Minnesota flag was raised during a special ceremony at Stillwater's Lowell Park today to mark 100 days to the statewide hockey celebration, which will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21. Headquartered from an outdoor rink that will be constructed in Lowell Park, the backdrop will feature the historic Lift Bridge and the scenic St. Croix River Valley. Proceeds of the event will benefit Stillwater area youth hockey programs.
Officials from the Minnesota Wild, FOX Sports North, Minnesota Hockey, Wells Fargo, the Stillwater Organizing Committee and participating high schools gathered to mark the occasion and provide an update on preparations. Stillwater will host Hockey Day's outdoor games in 2017 at Lowell Park along the shore of the St. Croix River.
"The Stillwater LOC has been working hard at getting Lowell Park prepared for groundbreaking activities that will begin in December," said Tony Novalany, chair of the Stillwater Organizing Committee. "These activities are being led by a group of about 20 that are spearheading efforts from site development to ticketing. The passion and excitement from the team leading this effort and the community surrounding it has been amazing. We've been planning these efforts for months and will soon be putting those plans into action. It's going to be an exciting winter in downtown Stillwater."
Tickets for Wells Fargo Hockey Day Minnesota 2017 in Stillwater will go on sale at 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24 at wild.com/hockeyday. Proceeds from the event will benefit Stillwater area youth hockey programs. Official Hockey Day Minnesota 2017 merchandise is now available at Minnesota Wild Hockey Lodge locations at the Xcel Energy Center, Maplewood Mall and Southdale Center. Limited items are available online at stateofhockeystore.com.
FOX Sports North has added two live games to its Hockey Day programming. The Minnesota State University - Mankato vs. St. Cloud State University women's game at 3 p.m., and Minnetonka vs. Stillwater girls game, now at 5:30 p.m., will both be televised live on the FOX Sports North PLUS channel. The girls' high school game will also be rebroadcast on FOX Sports North following the Wild game that night. FOX Sports North coverage now includes six live games, over 18 hours of original programming and 35 hours of consecutive hockey on two channels.
Fans can join the Hockey Day Minnesota conversation by using the hashtag #HDM2017.
FOX Sports North coverage of Wells Fargo Hockey Day Minnesota 2017 will include a full day of hockey-related programming designed as a celebration of the game from peewees to pros. The schedule for games televised by FOX Sports North as part of Hockey Day Minnesota 2017 presented by Wells Fargo is as follows:
|TIME ||GAME ||VENUE ||CHANNEL |
|10 a.m. ||Thief River Falls vs. Mahtomedi - Boys ||Lowell Park, Stillwater ||FSN |
|1 p.m. ||Eden Prairie vs. Stillwater - Boys ||Lowell Park, Stillwater ||FSN |
|3 p.m. ||MSU-Mankato vs. St. Cloud State Univ. - Women ||Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, St. Cloud ||FSN+ |
|5 p.m. ||Univ. of Minnesota vs. Univ. of Wisconsin - Men ||Kohl Center, Madison ||FSN |
|5:30 p.m. ||Minnetonka vs. Stillwater - Girls ||Lowell Park, Stillwater ||FSN+ |
|8 p.m. ||Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks ||Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul ||FSN |
|11 p.m. (rebroadcast) ||Minnetonka vs. Stillwater - Girls ||Lowell Park, Stillwater ||FSN/FSN+ |
In the event the outdoor ice in Stillwater is deemed unplayable due to weather, outdoor games would be moved to the St. Croix Valley Recreation Center.
Hockey Day Minnesota was originated in 2007 by the Minnesota Wild to celebrate the game that has made Minnesota the State of Hockey. It is produced in partnership with FOX Sports North, Minnesota Hockey and the respective local community that serves as host each year. Previous locations include Baudette Bay (2007, 2008), Phalen Park (2009), Hermantown (2010), Moorhead (2011), Minnetonka (2012), Grand Rapids (2013), Elk River (2014), Saint Paul (2015), and Duluth (2016). For more information, visit the Hockey Day Minnesota page on wild.com.