SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild, along with FOX Sports North, announced today that Hermantown High School in Hermantown, Minn., will be the site of three outdoor games as part of the 4th Annual Hockey Day Minnesota, set for Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010. The announcement was made this morning at Hermantown High School.
Hockey Day Minnesota coverage will also include a Minnesota Wild game from Xcel Energy Center, as well as the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers against St. Cloud State. A complete list of games and programming schedule will be released at a later date.
Outdoor Games at Hermantown High School Football Field * Hopkins/Duluth-Marshall (boys) – 10 a.m. * Eden Prairie/Hermantown (boys) – 1:30 p.m. * Duluth/Hermantown (girls) – 4:30 p.m.
According to Nielsen Media Research, FOX Sports North received top ratings for their coverage of 2009 Hockey Day Minnesota, including record-breaking ratings during the first hour of Hockey Day programming and their highest-rated high school hockey and Gopher game this season. The day-long event included over 20 hours of hockey-related programming, seven games from five locations and required over 100 FOX Sports North employees. The regional network balanced three production trucks stationed at Phalen Park, Xcel Energy Center and the National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, a total of 20 cameras, seven on-air reporters and ten play-by-play/game analyst duos throughout the day.
FOX Sports North reaches more than 2 million homes throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North and South Dakota and telecasts nearly 2,600 hours of locally produced programming per year. The Emmy Award-winning regional sports network provides comprehensive coverage of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, MLB’s Minnesota Twins, the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx as well as the University of Minnesota athletic events.
The Minnesota Wild is in its ninth NHL season after bringing hockey at its highest-level back to Minnesota for the 2000-01 campaign. The Wild claimed its first-ever Northwest Division title in 2007-08 and has sold out all 365 games played at Xcel Energy Center in franchise history.