The Minnesota Wild, Let’s Play Hockey and Minnesota Hockey announced a partnership for its third annual Used Hockey Equipment Drive. The drive will culminate in a public distribution on Sunday, Oct. 9, at Xcel Energy Center from 9 a.m. to noon. The event kicked off on Friday at the Wild’s pre-season luncheon.
Sponsors and partners for the program, in alphabetical order, include Berger Transfer, Boehm’s, FOX Sports North, Herb Brooks Foundation, Let’s Play Hockey, Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association, Minnesota High School Hockey Coaches Association, Minnesota Hockey, Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association, Minnesota Wild, Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League and Westwood Sports.
Berger Transfer will place drop-off boxes throughout the Twin Cities at select arenas and hockey shops, beginning Friday, Sept. 16, through Wednesday, Oct. 5. On Sunday, Oct. 9, the equipment will be distributed to hockey associations and individuals at Xcel Energy Center from 9 a.m. to noon. Goalie equipment, as well as sticks and helmets, are in the most need.
“Last season, we were able to distribute more than 2,000 pieces of hockey equipment to over 700 people, thanks to the generosity of Minnesotans,” Let’s Play Hockey publisher Doug Johnson said. “This is a great opportunity for people who want to stay in hockey, or begin to play for the first time.”
The drop-off locations include the following arenas: Burnsville, Woodbury, Super Rink (Blaine), Eden Prairie, Plymouth, Lakeville, Bloomington, Eagan, Highland (St. Paul), St. Thomas (Mendota Heights), Stillwater, Cottage Grove, Maple Grove, Apple Valley, White Bear Lake, Braemar (Edina), Buffalo, North St. Paul, Tartan (Oakdale) and Minnetonka.
Westwood Sports (Bloomington and Apple Valley) and Boehm’s (Mendota Heights and St. Paul) are also drop-off locations.
In addition, Xcel Energy Center will have drop-off boxes at Gate 1 prior to each of the Wild’s pre-season home games on September 23, 27 and 30. Fans bringing in a piece of equipment on any of those nights will receive a buy one, get one free ticket offer good for any October Minnesota Wild 2011-12 regular season home game (limit one per person). Vouchers must be redeemed in person at the Xcel Energy Center box office.
Boehm’s hockey shop in St. Paul and Mendota Heights will be offering discounted cleaning coupons. For more information, please contact Doug Johnson of Let’s Play Hockey at (612) 729-0023.