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The Minnesota Wild, in conjunction with FSN North, announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club and the regional sports network have partnered with McDonald’s as the presenting sponsor of “Hockey Day Minnesota,” a first-of-its-kind United States television event celebrating hockey throughout Minnesota on Saturday, January 20.
“The McDonald’s restaurants in our area are delighted to be part of the first-ever Hockey Day Minnesota,” said Jeff Smith, McDonald’s franchisee and co-op president. “We are long-time supporters of youth athletics and feel Hockey Day will go a long way to promote this great sport. McDonald’s is also a proud partner of both Gopher, and now Wild hockey and 2007 will commemorate our second year as a sponsor of the Minnesota State High School League.”
Hockey Day Minnesota, presented by McDonald’s will include an unprecedented 11 consecutive hours of local hockey-related programming on FSN North, designed as a celebration of the game from peewees to pros. The telecast event begins at noon, with programming anchored from Xcel Energy Center by FSN North’s Anthony LaPanta. Throughout the day, viewers will be brought back to Xcel Energy Center, where LaPanta and numerous special guests will introduce unique hockey-related features and vignettes.
Hockey Day game action begins with the telecast of the Saint Paul Johnson at Lake of The Woods High School game, which will be played outdoors on Lake of the Woods’ Baudette Bay at 1:00 PM. The second game of the day will feature the University of Minnesota vs. Denver University at 5:30 PM at Mariucci Arena. FSN North’s regular Golden Gophers broadcast team of Frank Mazzocco (play-by-play) and Doug Woog (analyst) will call the game.
The landmark day ends with the Wild’s 8:00 PM game against the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center, called by the Wild broadcast team of play-by-play man Dan Terhaar and analyst Mike Greenlay.