FOX Sports North, in conjunction with the Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Hockey, Serving Our Troops and Wells Fargo, announced details for the ninth Annual Hockey Day Minnesota (HDM) taking place this Saturday, January 17. The telecast event begins at 9:00 a.m., and will feature more than 16 hours of original hockey-related programming including three outdoor high school games from Saint Paul’s Holman Field, a Big Ten border battle between Minnesota and Wisconsin, and the Wild vs. Arizona Coyotes in primetime.
The outdoor games will be played on a refrigerated rink on the tarmac of Saint Paul’s Holman Field — home base to the Minnesota National Guard 34th Combat Aviation Brigade and 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion, who deployed to Kuwait in 2014. Hockey Day Minnesota partnered with ‘Serving Our Troops’ to host this historic event, in an effort to link hockey in Minnesota to the men and women serving our country overseas. HDM 2015 will include unique interactions with our soldiers and families as our communities drop the puck for a truly special message from home.
Viewers will be treated to three highly anticipated high school match-ups, including a meeting between two of the premier hockey programs in the state: Hill Murray vs. St. Thomas Academy. The Pioneers make their third HDM appearance and hold three titles from 22 state tournament appearances, while the Cadets have made seven state tournament appearances since 2003. St. Paul Johnson, a program rich in hockey tradition, makes their third HDM appearance and will be on display in a match-up against Luverne. HDM 2015 shines the spotlight on girls hockey as Cretin-Derham Hall takes on the Duluth Northern Stars in a delayed broadcast.
Tickets for the outdoor high school games taking place at Holman Field in St. Paul are now on sale and available for purchase here. Proceeds of the event will benefit Saint Paul Youth Hockey and Serving Our Troops.
FOX Sports North will have numerous on-air talent personalities reporting throughout the day. Tom Hanneman will anchor the Hockey Day Minnesota set from Xcel Energy Center alongside analysts Tom Chorske and Wes Walz. Brendan Burke and Kevin Gorg will handle play-by-play duties for the three outdoor games with Marney Gellner reporting. Doug McLeod and Ben Clymer take over the broadcast booth for the Minnesota-Wisconsin game and Anthony LaPanta and Mike Greenlay will call the Wild game.
Jamie Hersch will be reporting from Camp Beuhring military base in Kuwait where she will have the honor or interacting with deployed soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard. Hersch will interview a number of special guests and provide coverage of a floor hockey game played by members of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade. Additional military details will be announced at a later date.
FOX Sports North will once again offer viewers an interactive social media experience on FOX Sports North PLUS by integrating traditional TV with live social media updates. The hockey community will be encouraged to join the HDM celebration by using #HDM2015. Text and photo content will be incorporated into the broadcast and featured on a custom “squeeze back” screen on FOX Sports North PLUS throughout the day. There will be social media prizes given throughout the day to fans using #HDM2015.
Schedule of 2015 Features:
Brady Lind: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia hasn’t stopped the 10-year-old from playing the game he loves. A touching story about how the sport of hockey has helped this Alexandria family through tough times.
Tribute to our Troops: Lieutenant Colonel Greg Fix is the commander of the 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion currently deployed to Kuwait. While he’s off serving his country in the Middle East, his daughter Ruthie and her Rosemount teammates wear a replica of the Red Bulls Task Force Shield on the back of their hockey helmets to show support for Colonel Fix and all of our troops overseas.
Luverne Community: A community known throughout Minnesota for winning the state basketball championship in 1964 is now getting into hockey. The Luverne Cardinals made their first appearance at the Minnesota State Hockey Tournament last year and many feel it's only the beginning.
Duke Pieper Update: This gifted hockey player from Edina was first featured as part of Hockey Day Minnesota in 2010. An update on the now 20-year-old, who has learned to walk again after experiencing complications from cavernous humangeoma.
Hockey for all Ages: An “old-timers” hockey league in Rochester is proof of that hip and knee replacements, and even pacemakers, can’t trump the love of the game.
Christian Folin: Thriving in his rookie season with the Minnesota Wild, Folin’s journey to the NHL is far from ordinary. From Sweden, to a gas station in Fargo and now the NHL; a unique story about following a dream.
The Hockey Day Minnesota 2015 television schedule is as follows:
9:00 a.m.Hockey Day Minnesota
10:00 a.m.Luverne vs. St. Paul JohnsonHolman Field, St. Paul
12:00 p.m.Hockey Day Minnesota
1:30 p.m. Hill Murray vs. St. Thomas AcademyHolman Field, St. Paul
3:30 p.m. Hockey Day Minnesota
5:00 p.m.University of Minnesota vs. University of WisconsinMariucci Arena
7:30 p.m.Wild Live presented by CenturyLink
8:00 p.m.Minnesota Wild vs. Arizona CoyotesXcel Energy Center
10:30 p.m.Wild Live presented by CenturyLink
11:00 p.m. (tape delay) Cretin-Derham Hall vs. Duluth Northern Stars (Girls)Holman Field, St. Paul
Hockey Day Minnesota 2015 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).
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. For more information on the Emmy Award-winning regional sports network, visit www.foxsports.north.com.
The Wild is a thriving NHL franchise that began play in 2000. Its parent company, Minnesota Sports & Entertainment (MSE), is a premier sports and entertainment provider with several different avenues of business operations headquartered in downtown Saint Paul, Minn. Its subsidiary, the Saint Paul Arena Company, manages the state-of-the art Xcel Energy Center, home ice of the Wild, and the Saint Paul RiverCentre complex, which includes the RiverCentre Convention Center and the Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium.
Wells Fargo in Minnesota provides financial services from 209 locations and employs approximately 20,000 team members throughout the state. For information on banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance, visit wellsfargo.com or any Wells Fargo store in your community.
Serving Our Troops has been providing a special message from home for our Minnesota National Guard in the form of dinner with the their families since 200, completing 10 projects and serving nearly 80,000 meals around the globe.