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Growing disabled hockey a family affair for Wild's Darby Hendrickson

Hendrickson Foundation's second annual festival takes place in Blaine this weekend

by Kayleigh Jackson / Wild.com

Seven years ago, hockey across the United States, especially in Minnesota, was flourishing. At least, it was for some people. 

Even with organizations like the Minnesota Sled Hockey Association and Minnesota Special Hockey already established, there wasn't always a high level of awareness regarding athletes who couldn't participate in standing or competitive hockey. 

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State of Hockey celebrates Hockey Is For Everyone

Wild's awareness night includes seven community partners, emphasizes inclusion

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

Video: Hockey is for Everyone: Coyle and Dumba

ST. PAUL -- Wild forward Charlie Coyle grew up in a southeast Boston suburb, began playing hockey at an early age, counts ex-NHLers Tony Amonte and Bobby Sheehan among his family tree and attended prep hockey powerhouse Thayer Academy.

But the 25-year-old is well aware such opportunities aren't always available on a mass scale. So, as Minnesota's official Hockey Is For Everyone ambassador, Coyle hopes to help change that status quo.

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Wild's Park realizing Olympic dream as South Korea assistant coach

Former Wild player, current development coach hopes PyeongChang Games can help grow sport in Asia

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

Richard Park doesn't recollect much from his childhood in South Korea. Born in Seoul, Park and his family moved to the United States when he was just three years old. 

But the Wild's player development coach will certainly make his fair share of memories as he returns to his birth country this month as an assistant with the South Korean men's national team that will compete as the host nation at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang.

Park's participation in the Olympics itself is a bit of a dream come true.

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From the Rink: Wild opens five-game homestand Thursday against Coyotes

Minnesota has been one of the best teams on home ice this season, posting an 18-4-4 mark in St. Paul

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- The Wild begins a critical homestand on Thursday as it hosts the Arizona Coyotes at Xcel Energy Center.

Minnesota will play its next five games on home ice, its second longest stretch of games in St. Paul this season in a place that's been friendly to the Wild. 

Since returning from the NHL's three-day holiday break at Christmas, the Wild has posted at least one point in all 10 games it has played here, going 8-0-2 during that stretch. A win or overtime or shootout loss Thursday would set a new franchise point-streak record.

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Hockey is for Everyone: Herb Brooks Foundation Rink Rats

Program to be one of seven groups honored at Thursday's Wild game

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

Hockey is for Everyone uses the game of hockey to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities. During the month of February, the Wild will celebrate organizations and teams around Minnesota that work to create a greater State of Hockey and exemplify the meaning of Hockey is for Everyone -- providing a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

Herb Brooks is, perhaps, best known for coaching the underdog United States men's team to victory in the 1980 Winter Olympics, including the iconic Miracle on Ice game against the Soviets. That success came from his willingness to adapt the Americans' game to European trends, allowing them to skate better and faster with the puck.

That approach altered the state of North American hockey, and carried over decades later, is influencing a new generation of hockey players with the Herb Brooks Foundation's Rink Rats.

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Hockey is for Everyone: Minnesota Special Hockey

Organization recently held two-day outdoor jamboree event on Hockey Day Minnesota ice

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

Hockey is for Everyone uses the game of hockey to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities. During the month of February, the Wild will celebrate organizations and teams around Minnesota that work to create a greater State of Hockey and exemplify the meaning of Hockey is for Everyone -- providing a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

Hockey Day Minnesota 2018 took place in St. Cloud on Jan. 20, and with a full schedule of events it saw a docket of seven fast-paced and high-scoring games in front of packed stands. But the action wasn't limited to high school and college teams. 

A record 83 players attended Minnesota Special Hockey's two-day jamboree event during Hockey Day 2018, taking the ice at the Lake George municipal complex. With such a large turnout, the players could meet and compete with other special hockey athletes as they continued to grow the game and, most importantly, make friends and have fun. 

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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Arizona

Wild opens five-game homestand on Hockey Is For Everyone Awareness Night

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Arizona Coyotes (12-32-9, 33 points, eighth in Pacific) at Minnesota Wild (29-19-5, 63 points, fifth in Central)

Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North, FOX Sports GO

Listen: KFAN FM 100.3, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter

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Hockey is for Everyone: Minnesota Whitecaps

Professional team allows women to continue to play competitively after college

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

Hockey is for Everyone uses the game of hockey to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities. During the month of February, the Wild will celebrate organizations and teams around Minnesota that work to create a greater State of Hockey and exemplify the meaning of Hockey is for Everyone -- providing a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

Gigi Marvin, Monique Lamoureux, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Kendall Coyne, Alex Rigsby and Hannah Brandt are currently representing the United States in Pyeongchang, South Korea, at the 2018 Olympic Games. Before they were named to the national team?

They were all Minnesota Whitecaps. 

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Hockey is for Everyone: Hendrickson Foundation

Foundation supports various branches of Minnesota Disabled Hockey to help change lives through the sport

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

Hockey is for Everyone uses the game of hockey to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities. During the month of February, the Wild will celebrate organizations and teams around Minnesota that work to create a greater State of Hockey and exemplify the meaning of Hockey is for Everyone -- providing a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

In 2011, USA Hockey and Minnesota Hockey approached longtime high school coach and off-ice development instructor Larry Hendrickson about growing the game of hockey for disabled athletes. A bit of brainstorming and a few months later, the Hendrickson Foundation was born. 

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Hockey is for Everyone: Minnesota Warriors

Organization created by and for veterans to assist with reintegration into civilian life and raise awareness

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

Hockey is for Everyone uses the game of hockey to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities. During the month of February, the Wild will celebrate organizations and teams around Minnesota that work to create a greater State of Hockey and exemplify the meaning of Hockey is for Everyone -- providing a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

In 2008, more than 1,000 miles east of the Twin Cities, a group of patients at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., began playing hockey as they recovered. After some coaches noticed the veterans and helped them organize their practices, the U.S. Warriors organization was officially formed. 

Fast forward a few years, and it spearheaded the creation of an independent Warriors hockey team in Minnesota -- made by and for U.S. military personnel. 

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