FOX Sports North, in conjunction with the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild, and host committee Serving Our Troops today finalized new details for the Ninth Annual Wells Fargo Hockey Day Minnesota (HDM) taking place Saturday, January 17.
In addition to regional television coverage on FOX Sports North and FOX Sports North PLUS, FOX Sports will televise the event nationally on FOX Sports 2 and through FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content. Plus, the 1:30pm outdoor game will also be simulcast on KFAN 100.3 and the Minnesota Wild game will be televised across the world on Armed Forces Network.
9:00 a.m. Hockey Day MinnesotaFSNorth/ PLUS, FS2/FSGO
10:00 a.m. Luverne vs. St. Paul Johnson Holman FieldFSNorth/ PLUS, FS2/FSGO
1:30 p.m. Hill Murray vs. St. Thomas AcademyHolman Field FSNorth/ PLUS, FSGO, KFAN
5:00 p.m. University of Minnesota vs. WisconsinMariucci Arena FSNorth/PLUS, FS2/ FSGO
8:00 p.m. Minnesota Wild vs. Arizona CoyotesXcel Energy Center FSNorth/PLUS, Armed Forces Network
11:00 p.m. *Cretin-Derham Hall vs. Duluth Northern StarsHolman FieldFSNorth/PLUS
Thousands are expected to attend the event on Saturday at Holman Field, the site of the outdoor games. Tickets are still available at: hockeydaymn2015.com. The first time hockey has ever been played on an active airport tarmac, spectators will notice a strong military presence with two VH-60 Blackhawks, a CH-47 Chinook and a C1-30 aircraft surrounding the refrigerated rink.
Fans onsite at Holman Field are encouraged to visit the FOX Sports North Fan Express bus, a fully wrapped 55-seat luxury charter bus, where representatives will be “selling” Dairy Queen Dilly® Bars to benefit Serving Our Troops. The concept was developed by FOX Sports University participants at the University of Minnesota.
A number of VIPs and dignitaries are scheduled to be in attendance at Holman Field, including: Major General Neal Loidolt (9:00am), Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (9:30am), U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (1:00pm), Brig. General Jon Jensen (1:00pm) and Mayor Chris Coleman (3:30pm). A number of hockey legends will also be on site at Camp Beuhring in Kuwait, along with the FOX Sports North production crew, including Lou Nanne, Bill Butters, Dave Brooks, Tom Reid, Dan Barreiro and Shjon Podein.
The military theme will extend to the Xcel Energy Center, as SGT Jason Brubaker, along with the Saint Paul police and fire department hockey teams announce “Let’s Play Hockey” before the Minnesota Wild game. There will be a special ceremonial puck drop coordinated between Lt. Colonel Jeff Merricks from Kuwait and his family in St. Paul. All fans in attendance will receive a Hockey Day Minnesota thermal mug, presented by Wells Fargo.
In addition to showing tweets and photos (submitted via #HDM2015) on FOX Sports North PLUS, the network just announced that they will incorporate viewer submitted videos into the broadcast. Fans can upload footage of their Hockey Day Minnesota celebrations here.
Hockey Day Minnesota 2015 (#HDM2015) on FOX Sports North will be the ninth annual celebration of hockey from peewees to pros. Previous sites for outdoor games include Baudette Bay (2007-08), St. Paul (2009), Hermantown (2010), Moorhead (2011), Lake Minnetonka/Excelsior (2012), Grand Rapids (2013) and Elk River (2014).