The Minnesota Wild, Let’s Play Hockey and Minnesota Hockey today announced the results of their second annual used hockey equipment drive.
More than 2,000 pieces of equipment were donated in late September and early October, while 700 people received equipment at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday, Oct. 10. Dozens of young hockey players and volunteers from Minnehaha Academy, Rosemount High School and The Blake School helped sort the equipment ahead of the distribution date.
“It is gratifying to know that close to 700 young Minnesotans will have a better hockey experience this winter because of the generosity of so many in the hockey community,” said Dave Margenau, President of Minnesota Hockey. “Thank you to everyone that donated equipment and volunteered their time. And a special thank you to all of the sponsors, especially Let’s Play Hockey, the Minnesota Wild, and Berger Transfer for making it all possible!”
“It was incredible how the hockey community rallied to donate nearly 5,000 pieces of hockey equipment in two years to give to new families just entering hockey, or to families who have had children in the game, but for different situations in their lives they needed assistance to keep their kids involved in this great game,” said Doug Johnson, Let’s Play Hockey Publisher.
Sponsors and partners for the program, in alphabetical order, include Berger Transfer, Boehm’s, FOX Sports North, the Herb Brooks Foundation, Let’s Play Hockey, Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association, Minnesota High School Hockey Coaches Association, Minnesota Hockey, Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association, Minnesota Wild, Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League and Westwood Sports.