The Minnesota Wild announced today that the Saint Paul Police Warrior Hockey Club will host the Chicago Police Hockey Stars in a scrimmage at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 at Xcel Energy Center. Later that night, the Minnesota Wild will take on its division rival, the Chicago Blackhawks, at 7 p.m. in Saint Paul.
The two police teams have been looking to schedule a matchup for some time, and the Wild-Blackhawks date proved to be the perfect fit. They will be coached by 1980 “Miracle on Ice” teammates Neal Broten and Dave Christian. Broten, also a legendary Minnesota North Star, will coach the Saint Paul Police Warriors. Christian, who spent 16 seasons in the NHL including two with the Chicago Blackhawks, will be behind the bench for the Chicago Police Hockey Stars.
The afternoon scrimmage is open to the public. Fans should enter at Gate 1 off of Kellogg Blvd. A suggested donation of $5 will be accepted at the gate to benefit the Emerald Society of Minnesota. The Emerald Society will be donating funds raised to a Saint Paul Police Department commander who is battling cancer.
“This is a time when the police community, our extended families and our community come together to take care of one of our own during an incredibly brave fight,” said Chris Hoyt, team captain of the Saint Paul Police Warrior Hockey Club. “We can always rely on Chicago’s finest to support a worthy cause. Much gratitude and thanks to the Emerald Society of Minnesota, Saint Paul Police Federation, Minnesota Wild and our brother department in the Windy City. We have had incredible support from so many not mentioned.”
“Our Minnesota brothers and sisters have always treated us so incredibly well,” offered Joseph Barrera, team captain of the Chicago Police Hockey Stars. “To help them support such a great cause is both an honor and a privilege.”
About the Emerald Society of Minnesota
The Emerald Society of Minnesota is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable association of law enforcement officials from the State of Minnesota. Funds raised directly support the families of fallen officers in the state as well as support a number of local police and Irish charities.