ST. PAUL -- The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced it will host the fourth annual Girls' Hockey Weekend, presented by Freschetta® Pizza and in conjunction with Minnesota Hockey, USA Hockey, the WCHA and the Minnesota Whitecaps, on Dec. 20-22 at Xcel Energy Center.
The Wild will dedicate several elements of its game to celebrating girls' and women's hockey when it hosts the Winnipeg Jets at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. Former Golden Gopher and Olympic Gold Medalist Lee Stecklein will make the "Let's Play Hockey!" announcement and girls' and women's hockey players will participate in various intermission activities. Proceeds from Wild game magazine sales and the "Split the Pot Raffle" on Dec. 21 will benefit the Minnesota Whitecaps, the first and only women's professional hockey team in the State of Hockey. Additionally, Lee Stecklein will practice with the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, Dec. 22.
The Wild will host dryland training sessions and on-ice clinics for 12U, 10U and 8U girls' hockey players on Dec. 20 and 21 at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota Hockey personnel, along with Minnesota Whitecaps players and WCHA players, will help lead the clinics.
Registration for the girls' hockey clinics will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 18 at www.wild.com/girlshockey. In addition to the on-ice and dryland training sessions, the registration fee of $84 includes a Wild-branded jersey, a post-clinic pizza party with Freschetta pizza and a ticket to the Wild game on Saturday, Dec. 21 against Winnipeg Jets. Participants in the girls' hockey clinics will also receive an exclusive ticket offer for additional ticket purchases for the game on Dec. 21.
The 8U on-ice clinics will be held on Friday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. (60 girls in each session). The 10U and 12U on- and off-ice sessions will be held following the Wild game on Saturday, Dec. 21. The 10U girls (50 girls) will be on the ice from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by a dryland training from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. The 12U girls (40 girls) will have a dryland training session from 5 to 5:45 p.m. followed by an on-ice session from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
Freschetta pizzas are part of the national brand portfolio of Schwan's Consumer Brands, Inc., the retail grocery subsidiary of Schwan's Company. Based in Bloomington, Minn., Schwan's Consumer Brands, Inc. has marketed and distributed premium frozen foods since 1970. Its brands include: Red Baron®, Freschetta® and Tony's® pizzas; Pagoda® Asian-style snacks and appetizers; and Mrs. Smith's® pies and Edwards® desserts. The brands are represented in more than 50,000 retail outlets across the United States.