FOX Sports North, in conjunction with the Minnesota Wild, will televise the award-winning Hockey Day Minnesota this Saturday, Feb. 12. The day will include more than fourteen hours of consecutive hockey programming including two outdoor high school games from Moorhead, Minn. This year’s event is presented by Wells Fargo.
The telecast event begins at 9 a.m. with programming anchored from Moorhead, Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and other locations across the state. Throughout the day, viewers will be brought back to numerous locations across “The State of Hockey” where the FOX Sports North team will introduce unique hockey-related features and vignettes.
The 2011 event includes some of the most impressive and highly anticipated high school match-ups in Hockey Day history. Game one of the two outdoor high school match-ups from Moorhead, Minn. begins at 10 am with Wayzata vs. Roseau (Wayzata currently ranks #7/Roseau one of the most tradition-rich programs in the state with 33 state tournament appearances and seven state championships). Match-up two begins at 1:30 p.m. with Hill-Murray vs. Moorhead. (Hill-Murray currently ranks #1/Moorhead currently ranks #12 with eleven state tournament appearances and seven runner-up state titles). The complete Hockey Day Minnesota 2011 schedule can be found below.
Hockey Day Minnesota 2011 will include numerous online elements and interactive components. Fans who are followers of FOX Sports North on Facebook and Twitter will be able to see and re-post instant video clips from the broadcast and interact as part of an online hockey community throughout the day. FoxSportsNorth.com will host a day-long live chat with experts and analysts including Tom Chorske, Kevin Gorg, Rob McClanahan and St. Louis Blues television analyst Darren Pang. Viewers will also be able to post comments on the television screen through a special link on FoxSportsNorth.com (“Post Comments On-Air”).
FOX Sports North will have numerous on-air talent reporting on Hockey Day, including Mike Pomeranz, Marney Gellner, Tom Chorske, Rob McClanahan, Dan Terhaar, Mike Greenlay, Robby Incmikoski, Anthony Lapanta, Larry Olimb, Doug Woog, Dick Bremer, Kevin Gorg, Jim Rich, Ann Carroll, Ali Lucia, KFAN’s Brandon Mileski and Pioneer Press reporters Amy Nelson, Bob Sansavere, John Shipley and Bruce Brothers.
The FOX Sports North team will be joined by a number of special guests throughout the day including Gigi Marvin, a two-time finalist for Women’s player of the year while at the University of Minnesota and member of the 2010 U.S. Women’s Silver Medal Olympic team. Minnesota hockey legend and Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson will join the telecast live from his outdoor backyard hockey rink along with the Hankinson brothers. Peter, Ben and Casey Hankinson, all former Captains of the Gopher hockey team, will join Hockey Day from their backyard ice rink in Edina.
The Minnesota Wild, in partnership with FOX Sports North, Wells Fargo, the University of Minnesota, the Moorhead Youth Hockey Organization, the Houston Aeros and Minnesota Hockey, will hold a Food Drive in conjunction with Hockey Day Minnesota 2011. Donations will benefit Second Harvest Heartland and Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo/Moorhead. Donations are already being accepted at all Wells Fargo stores in the Fargo/Moorhead area. The Food Drive will continue on Saturday, Feb. 12 at all Hockey Day Minnesota locations and on Sunday, Feb. 13, when the Houston Aeros take on the Peoria Rivermen at Xcel Energy Center at 1 p.m. On Hockey Day, fans can make monetary or non-perishable food item donations as they enter each Hockey Day Minnesota venue. Fans donating a minimum of $5 or five non-perishable food items at the Moorhead Youth Hockey Outdoor Arena or Xcel Energy Center will receive a buy-one-get-one free ticket voucher to a future Minnesota Wild game during the 2010-11 season.
2011 Hockey Day Minnesota Schedule
9:00 a.m. - Hockey Day Minnesota - Various Minn. locations
10:00 a.m. - Wayzata vs. Roseau - Moorhead, Minn.
12:15 p.m. - Hockey Day Minnesota - Various Minn. locations
1:30 p.m. - Moorhead vs. Hill-Murray - Moorhead, Minn.
3:45 p.m. - Hockey Day Minnesota - Various Minn. locations
4:30 p.m. - Qwest Gophers Live Pregame - Mariucci Arena: Minneapolis, Minn.
5:00 p.m. - Gophers vs. Denver - Mariucci Arena, Minneapolis, Minn.
7:30 p.m. - Qwest Wild Live Pregame - Xcel Energy Center: St. Paul, Minn.
8:00 p.m. - Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues - Xcel Energy Center: St. Paul, Minn.
10:30 p.m. - Qwest Wild Live Postgame - Xcel Energy Center: St. Paul, Minn.