The Minnesota Wild will play an intra-squad preseason scrimmage in 2007 in either White Bear Lake, Alexandria or Wayzata. One of those three communities can thank a hockey player in their area for submitting an essay describing the importance of sportsmanship in the Sportsmanship Essay Contest as part of Hockey Day Minnesota.
| More than 200 Sportsmanship essays were submitted by hockey players around the State of Hockey. |
Dominic Nardini, a Bantam from White Bear Lake; Shelby Iverson, a 12U from Alexandria and Otto Haeg, a Squirt from Wayzata, were named the finalists of the contest. Nardini’s submission featured bullet points of various ways to show sportsmanship including: "opening a rink door for an opposing team’s grandma," "picking up used hockey tape after missing the trash can" and "remembering that referees are people too." Iverson mentioned her ability to offer encouragement to the goaltender, "even though she might have let in a goal." Haeg remembers that "when I wear the Wayzata hockey logo, I represent my club no matter where I am."
More than 200 entries were submitted from all levels and classifications, including several submissions from entire team rosters. A mother of one youth player called Mark Jorgensen, the president of Minnesota Hockey, to tell him that her sone, who dislikes writing and English, had never been more excited to write anything.
The winner will be randomly drawn from the finalists and announced on January 20, 2007 in conjunction with Hockey Day Minnesota. The grand prize will be hosting the Wild’s preseason scrimmage.
The contest was restricted to registered Minnesota Hockey players, who were invited to enter the "How I Show My Sportsmanship" essay contest. Essays could not exceed 250 words and were due by December 15. In addition to having their essays posted on Wild.com, the entrants will be acknowledged in Let’s Play Hockey and Hockey Moms. Random drawing prizes for the non-finalists will also be distributed.