SAINT PAUL, Minn. - The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced it will celebrate Black History Month on Friday, Jan. 14 when the team hosts the Anaheim Ducks at 7 p.m. on Bally Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM. The organization will celebrate Black History Month throughout the game, including many in-game elements.
Wild players will wear custom jerseys celebrating Black History Month during on-ice warmups. The custom warmup jerseys will be signed and auctioned off starting Jan. 14 on the Minnesota Wild Foundation Handbid Auction platform. The auction will also include locker room nameplates signed by players featuring the same design. For more information visit www.wild.com/onlineauctions. The auction will end at 9 p.m. CT on Thursday, Jan. 27. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wild Foundation and Minnesota Hockey's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programming.
- Tanner Hill, an eight-year old hockey player from the Centennial Youth Hockey Association, will be the game's honorary flag bearer. Tanner participated in the Hockey Is For Me Program and Little Wild Learn to Play Program in Coon Rapids.
- Players from the Wild's Hockey is for Me Program will participate in the youth starting lineup.
- Calvin Simon, Head Coach of the Shakopee High School boys' hockey team, will make the Let's Play Hockey! Announcement. He's currently the only Black head hockey coach in Minnesota.
- Youth hockey players representing New Directions Youth Ministry, a grass roots non-profit organized to help children and youth in north Minneapolis overcome the obstacles to their development presented by the inner city environment, will sell game programs.
- The Herb Brooks Foundation will be the beneficiary of the Split the Pot Raffle. The Herb Brooks Foundation provides free opportunities for kids in diverse communities to learn about the game of hockey.
- MN Unbounded, a youth hockey team consisting exclusively of girls of color coached by women of color, will participate in a shootout exhibition during the first intermission.
- A video tribute to the Sounds of Blackness, a three-time Grammy Award winning vocal/instrumental ensemble proclaiming the music, culture and history of African Americans will be shown during the second intermission.
The Minnesota Wild is celebrating Black History Month in January because there are no home games scheduled in February.
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