ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild today announced details for The Greatest Day Celebration that will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22 in downtown Saint Paul. Concluding Destination Winter Saint Paul, the celebration will honor the 40th anniversary of the United States victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The celebration will kick off with an outdoor youth hockey exhibition tournament comprised of 12 pre-selected teams beginning at 8 a.m. at CHS Field. Each team will represent a country that participated in the 1980 Olympics. Following the tournament a parade will take place through the heart of Saint Paul. The parade is open to youth hockey teams and associations from throughout the State of Hockey and will feature NHL alumni and other hockey dignitaries. Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin and U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer John Mayasich will serve as Grand Marshals. Led by the University of Minnesota Marching Band, the parade will start at 1 p.m. at the Herb Brooks statue (111 W 4th St.) and end at CHS Field (360 N Broadway St). Registration to participate in the parade is $40 per unit. Limit one association per unit and 40 total participants per association.
The event finale will feature a momentous matchup between the two youth hockey teams representing Team USA and Team USSR at CHS Field. Following the finale, attendees can participate in an autograph session with Minnesota Olympians and other hockey stars in the Securian Financial Club at CHS Field. Celebrities will be named at a later date.
The Greatest Day Celebration is free to attend and open to the public. For more information on The Greatest Day Celebration and to register for the parade, please visit www.greatestdaymn.com or follow along on Facebook.