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List of Events for NHL Draft Week

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild
The eyes of the hockey world will be focused on Minnesota as the NHL converges on Saint Paul for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft this Friday and Saturday. But beyond the drama and excitement of the Draft itself, there are plenty of events (many that are free of charge) throughout the week for fans in the State of Hockey to enjoy.

A breakdown of some of the week's biggest events can be found below. Click on the links to get full details of the events.

2011 NHL Entry Draft Online Charity Auction
Now – July 10
All proceeds benefit the Minnesota Wild Foundation
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Wednesday, June 22

Wells Fargo/Minnesota Wild Road Tour
Brainerd, Duluth and Saint Cloud
Various times
Player autographs, games and more
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Thursday, June 23

NHL Coaches' Clinic
Hilton Hotel, Minneapolis  
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
NHL coaches lead presentations and breakout sessions. Pre-registration is required for the event
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Wells Fargo/Minnesota Wild Summer Bash
Mall of America  
6 – 9 p.m.
Player autographs, games and more
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NHL Draft Sports Career Conference
Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis  
Events throughout the weekend
Speakers and panel discussions about careers in the sports industry. Pre-registration is required to the event
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Friday, June 24

Commissioner's Luncheon
317 Washington Street, Saint Paul
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Panel discussion with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold, Minnesota North Stars Alum Lou Nanne and U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Phi Housley. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $75 per person, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Minnesota Wild Foundation. RSVP to Anna Johnson at 651-602-6017 or

Wells Fargo/Minnesota Wild Fan Fest
Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront
Noon – 5 p.m.
Autographs from Wild players and NHL legends, hockey exhibits and interactive hockey games.
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2011 NHL Entry Draft - Round 1
Xcel Energy Center
6 – 9 p.m.
Gates open at 4 p.m. (two hours prior to the event)
NHL teams select the first 30 players in this year's draft. All tickets are currently reserved

Saturday, June 25

2011 NHL Entry Draft - Rounds 2-7
Xcel Energy Center
10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Gates open at 8 a.m. (two hours prior to the event)
NHL teams complete their selections in this year's draft
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