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After tough week, Wild bounces back in gut-check win over Columbus

With a tweaked roster and renewed commitment to readiness, Minnesota caps Hockey Day with 2-1 victory

by Phil Ervin /

Video: Greenway, Parise lead Wild past Blue Jackets, 2-1

ST. PAUL -- Jordan Greenway was one of the last Wild players to leave the ice after practice Friday.

Collecting passes from assistant coach Darby Hendrickson, the Wild's gargantuan winger worked on collecting the puck in the left slot, turning his wrists over to prepare for a shot, then letting it rip toward the opposite top corner of the goal at TRIA Rink. A water bottle resting feet in front of him served as a marker; shoot too low, and the bottle would get smashed. Too high, and if not for the tinted glass on the fifth floor of Treasure Island Center, the puck would end up on Wabasha Street.

Greenway hit the same exact target in Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, beating Sergei Bobrovsky on a perfectly-placed wrister the goaltender never even saw and giving Minnesota (24-21-3) a rare early lead from which to build upon; too many times this season, the Wild has given up the first goal and been unable to recover.

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Minneapolis to host Hockey Day Minnesota 2020

Sponsored by Wells Fargo, 14th annual event shifts to State of Hockey's largest city

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Video: Hockey Day 2019: Minneapolis Up Next

BEMIDJI -- The Minnesota Wild, along with FOX Sports North and Minnesota Hockey, announced today that Minneapolis will host the 14th Annual Hockey Day Minnesota 2020 presented by Wells Fargo. Basking in the glow of the downtown skyline, Parade Stadium will serve as the venue for the 14th annual statewide hockey celebration.

"We're ecstatic and honored to follow in a long line of great hockey communities that have hosted Hockey Day Minnesota," said Hockey Day Minnesota 2020 Event Chair Scott Rusert. "Parade Stadium, backdropped by the Minneapolis skyline and the iconic Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, is an ideal location for the 'City of Lakes' community and State of Hockey fans to celebrate more than a century of Minneapolis hockey. This event will be a tremendous opportunity to showcase the diversity of our hockey programs and serve as a springboard to keep hockey thriving and even more diverse in Minneapolis for another century and beyond."

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HDM 2019: Referee adds second chapter to Hockey Day history books

Former Roseau Ram Tyler Landman played on previous coldest Hockey Day in 2008 and officiated Saturday's new record-low-temperature event

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe /

BEMIDJI -- If you like your Hockey Day Minnesotas cold, be sure to invite Tyler Landman.

More than a decade after he played in the coldest Hockey Day on record, Landman was a part of history once again on Saturday when he officiated the Bemidji-Greenway game to wrap up the day's events next to Lake Bemidji

Landman played for Roseau 11 years ago in the second edition of Hockey Day, an event that took place on Baudette Bay.

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Hockey Day Minnesota 2019: Bemidji makes history

The 13th annual event will be remembered for far more than its frigid temperatures

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe /

BEMIDJI -- History will look back kindly on Hockey Day Minnesota's visit to Beltrami County. That's because the 13th annual event presented by Wells Fargo didn't just make history ... it shattered it.

But what do you expect when you come to the 218 in the middle of January?

Hockey Day 2019 officially got underway on Saturday with a matchup of top-ranked teams in Class AA, with No. 1 Minnetonka taking on No. 2 Andover. When the frozen puck was dropped shortly after 9:30 a.m., the temperature next to Lake Bemidji was 26 degrees below zero. 

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From the Rink: More fresh faces as Wild tangles with Blue Jackets

Hockey Day Minnesota 2019 matchup to feature Rask's debut, Belpedio's return to lineup

by Phil Ervin /

ST. PAUL -- Nick Seeler has done this before.

Well, sort of.

Saturday marks the Wild defenseman's first Hockey Day Minnesota as a member of his hometown club. But back in 2010, Seeler smeared his face in eye black and watched his breath on the bench as Eden Prairie took down host Hermantown outdoors.

"It wasn't as cold as it is today in Bemidji -- but it was cold and it was snowing and sleeting and the ice wasn't great, but that kind of made it a little bit more fun and exciting," Seeler told after morning skate Saturday ahead of Minnesota's 8 p.m. game against Columbus at Xcel Energy Center. "I remember getting the eye black and kind of having that excitement before the game with your teammates. It was a great experience."

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Hockey Day Minnesota 2019: Top-ranked Minnetonka wins battle of unbeatens

Defending state champs send message in frigid conditions to open Hockey Day Minnesota in Bemidji

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe /

BEMIDJI -- Minnetonka boys hockey coach Sean Goldsworthy calls it "playoff hockey."

The defending Class AA state champions and top-ranked Skippers play a grueling schedule loaded with ranked opponents in an effort to prepare for section and state tournaments that will be top-notch teams.

Sometimes, it isn't pretty. But it doesn't need to be.

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Wild Foundation announces Hockey Day 2019 donations

Club donates $52,500 and $10,000 to Minnesota Hockey, Bemidji Youth Hockey Association

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

Hockey Day 2019: Grow the Game

Hockey Day 2019: Grow the Game Grant

The Wild Foundation donated $10,000 to the Bemidji Youth Hockey Association as part of the Grow the Game Grant on Hockey Day Minnesota 2019

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BEMIDJI -- In celebration of Hockey Day Minnesota 2019 presented by Wells Fargo, the Minnesota Wild Foundation today presented donations to Minnesota Hockey and the Bemidji Youth Hockey Association in the amounts of $52,500 and $10,000, respectively.

The Minnesota Wild Foundation exists to support the game of hockey and improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey. With its annual contribution, the Minnesota Wild Foundation serves as the largest non-member funding source for Minnesota Hockey, the leading amateur hockey association in the United States that seeks to provide everyone the opportunity to experience the excitement and fun of playing hockey.

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Hockey Day Minnesota 2019: Hometown boy makes good for Bemidji State

Senior defenseman scores overtime goal Friday night to lift Beavers over Michigan Tech in front of a packed crowd, filled with familiar faces

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe /

BEMIDJI -- Forgive Dillon Eichstadt for the momentary lapse in memory. 

For a kid who grew up playing just a stone's throw away from the Hockey Day Minnesota rink on the shores of Lake Bemidji, scoring the winning goal, as a senior, for your hometown team, playing outside, in front of your hometown fans ... well, it just doesn't get much better than that.

Eichstadt's goal 3:05 into overtime lifted the host Beavers to a 4-3 win over Michigan Tech University in front of a packed house on Friday night. 

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Get to know: Bemidji State men's hockey

Beavers set to play in Hockey Day's first-ever outdoor men's collegiate game Friday night

by Tricia Luna /

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

The basics

Nickname: Beavers 
Conference: WCHA
Overall record: 10-11-3 (as of Jan. 18)
Head coach: Tom Serratore
Hockey Day schedule: 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18 vs. Michigan Tech, Lake Bemidji; Saturday, Jan. 19 vs. Michigan Tech, Sanford Center

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Get to know: Bemidji girls hockey

Lumberjacks set to kick off Hockey Day on Thursday

by Tricia Luna /

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

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