ST. PAUL -- The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced it will host the third annual Girls' Hockey Weekend, presented in conjunction with Schwan's Home Service, Inc., Minnesota Hockey, USA Hockey, the WCHA and the Minnesota Whitecaps, on Dec. 14-15 at Xcel Energy Center.
The Wild will dedicate several elements of its game to celebrating girls' and women's hockey when it hosts the Calgary Flames at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. Laura Halldorson 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 program sales and the "Split the Pot Raffle" on Dec. 15 will benefit the Minnesota Whitecaps, the first and only women's professional hockey team in the State of Hockey. In addition, Hannah Brandt from the Minnesota Whitecaps will practice with the Minnesota Wild on Friday, Dec. 14.
The Wild will host dryland training sessions and on-ice clinics for 12U, 10U and 8U girls' hockey players on Dec. 14 and 15 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, Oct. 29 at www.wild.com/girlshockey. In addition to the on-ice and dryland training sessions, the registration fee of $49 includes a Wild-branded jersey and a post-clinic pizza party. Participants in the girls' hockey clinics will also receive an exclusive ticket offer to attend the Wild game on Dec. 15.
The 8U on-ice clinics will be held on Friday, Dec. 14 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. 15. The 10U girls (50 girls) will be on the ice from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. followed by a dryland training from 6 to 6:45 p.m. The 12U girls (40 girls) will have a dryland training session from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. followed by an on-ice session from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.