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Get to know: Bemidji State women's hockey

Beavers, Mavericks set for another WCHA clash -- this time outdoors on the shore of Lake Bemidji

by Tricia Luna / Wild.com

In preparation for Hockey Day Minnesota 2019 presented by Wells Fargo, Wild.com will highlight each of the nine teams participating in this year's festivities Jan. 19 in Bemidji. Today, we take a look at the Bemidji High School boys hockey team.

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Hockey Day 2019: Five things to know about Bemidji

'First City on the Mississippi' set to host Hockey Day 2019

by Tricia Luna / Wild.com

In just a few short days, the city of Bemidji will be placed in the statewide spotlight for Hockey Day Minnesota 2019 presented by Wells Fargo. In preparation for this year's celebration, here are five things to know about this town of more than 15,000.

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Get to know: Minnetonka boys hockey

Defending Class AA champs head to Bemidji on hopeful road to repeat

by Tricia Luna / Wild.com

In preparation for Hockey Day Minnesota 2019 presented by Wells Fargo, Wild.com will highlight each of the nine teams participating in this year's festivities Jan. 19 in Bemidji. Today, we take a look at the Minnetonka boys hockey team.


The basics

Nickname: Skippers 
Conference: Lake
Class: AA
Let's Play Hockey Class AA ranking: 1
Overall record:15-0-1 (as of Jan. 14)
Head coach: Sean Goldsworthy
Hockey Day schedule: 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19 vs. Andover, Lake Bemidji

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How to watch, live stream Hockey Day Minnesota 2019

Wild, FOX Sports North announce coverage plans for 13th annual State of Hockey celebration

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

Video: HDM 2019: Bemidji

FOX Sports North, in conjunction with the Minnesota Wild, on Tuesday announced their in-depth broadcast coverage plans for the 13th annual Hockey Day Minnesota (HDM) presented by Wells Fargo, which will commence this Saturday, January 19 at 9 a.m. Highlighted by more than 14 hours of continuous hockey programming, the network will showcase six live games, including three outdoor games from the south shore of Lake Bemidji, a women's match-up from the Amsoil Arena in Duluth, a men's game from the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, and culminates during primetime with the Minnesota Wild vs. Columbus Blue Jackets game from Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

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Get to know: Woodbury girls hockey

Co-op created in 2016 features five East-Metro schools

by Tricia Luna / Wild.com

In preparation for Hockey Day Minnesota 2019 presented by Wells Fargo, Wild.com will highlight each of the nine teams participating in this year's festivities Jan. 19 in Bemidji. Today, we take a look at the Woodbury girls hockey team.

 

The basics

Nickname: Royals 
Conference: Suburban East
Class: AA
Overall record: 3-10-4 (as of Jan. 13)
Head coach: Chris Lepper
Hockey Day schedule: 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17 vs. Bemidji, Lake Bemidji

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Get to know: Bemidji boys hockey

Hockey Day Minnesota 2019 hosts set to show off rich tradition

by Tricia Luna / Wild.com

In preparation for Hockey Day Minnesota 2019 presented by Wells Fargo, Wild.com will highlight each of the nine teams participating in this year's festivities Jan. 19 in Bemidji. Today, we take a look at the Bemidji High School boys hockey team.


The basics

Nickname: Lumberjacks 
Conference: Mariucci
Class: AA
Overall record: 6-9-0 (as of Jan. 11)
Head coach: Eric Monsrud
Hockey Day schedule: 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19 vs. Greenway

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Get to know: Minnesota State women's hockey

Mavericks are 8-8-4 heading into final weekend before Hockey Day Minnesota 2019

by Tricia Luna / Wild.com

In preparation for Hockey Day Minnesota 2019 presented by Wells Fargo, Wild.com will highlight each of the nine teams participating in this year's festivities Jan. 19 in Bemidji. Today, we take a look at the Minnesota State Mavericks Women's hockey team.
 

The basics

Nickname: Mavericks 
Conference: WCHA
Record: 8-8-4, 3-7-2 WCHA (as of Jan. 11)
Head coach: John Harrington 
Assistant coaches: Jeff Giesen, Shari Dickerman 
Hockey Day schedule: 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19 vs. Bemidji State, Lake Bemidji

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Full circle: Sargent enjoys retirement where it all began

Former North Star, Beaver grew up on Bemidji hockey

by Tyler Buckentine / Special to Wild.com

Those who played with Gary Sargent don't remember him as a flashy player, even at the pinnacle of his hockey career, yet he was solid and dominant. And according to those same accounts, the stout defenseman they called "Sarge" carried leadership qualities shown in his work ethic on the ice and a locker room presence that wasn't too loud or boisterous.

"He was never one of those guys that was 'Rah! Rah! Rah!', but he was a dominant player," said former Minnesota North Stars teammate Jack Carlson.

Sargent was raised in Bemidji and worked his way up through amateur hockey and into the pros as a draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings before he returned to his home state to play for the North Stars. He was selected to play in the 1980 NHL All-Star game, but that's when his hockey-playing days began to wither. A lingering back injury held him out of All-Star activities in 1980 and 1981, which preceded three seasons of limited playing time. Just as his back problems began to subside, a knee-to-knee hit in a playoff game against Montreal knocked him out for good in 1983.

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Get to know: Andover boys hockey

Huskies revved for matchup of Class AA's top two teams

by Tricia Luna / Wild.com

In preparation for Hockey Day Minnesota 2019 presented by Wells Fargo, Wild.com will highlight each of the nine teams participating in this year's festivities Jan. 19 in Bemidji. Today, we take a look at the Andover High School Boys' hockey team.


The basics

Nickname: Huskies
Conference: Northwest Suburban
Class: AA
Overall record: 12-0-1 (as of Jan. 9)
Let's Play Hockey AA rank: 2
Head coach: Mark Manney
Hockey Day schedule: 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19 vs. Minnetonka

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For Serratore brothers, every day is Hockey Day

Lifetime of grassroots, community pucks has shaped Bemidji State, Air Force head coaches

by Nathan Wells / Special to Wild.com

Just as a simple yes or no answer does not tell the whole story, getting Tom or Frank Serratore to boil down what hockey in Bemidji and Northern Minnesota means to a single day can be difficult.

That's not how the Serratores work. Talk to the Serratore brothers, who grew up in Coleraine, went to Bemidji State and are longtime coaches of Bemidji State (Tom) and Air Force (Frank) for an instant and their enthusiasm and passion for the game of hockey seeps through.

Both can be beyond animated explaining the game's importance. Each brings in stories, comparisons and characters from packed houses for high school games and a community which prides itself on being outdoors. For Tom, the hockey heroes were not the North Stars players whose games he listened to on the radio but the one at local high schools.

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