ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Hockey, in conjunction with the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild, announced today the continuation of their Sponsorship Partnership for an additional three-year period that will run through the 2010-11 hockey season. The partnership is designed to help grow the sport of hockey throughout Minnesota and has been in place since 2000. In addition, the Wild will continue to serve as the marketing representative for Minnesota Hockey.
“The Minnesota Wild have supported youth hockey throughout the state since the beginning,” said Dennis Green, president of Minnesota Hockey. “It is gratifying to know that our members will continue to benefit from their generosity and from all of their youth hockey related programs.”
The partnership will extend the Wild program sales initiative, a fundraising opportunity that allows local youth hockey associations to sell programs at Wild home games. The partnership also includes the Xcel Energy/Minnesota Wild Affordable Equipment Program which grants starter equipment to hockey associations around the state.
“Ownership of the Wild has changed but the organization’s support and recognition of all levels of hockey in the State of Hockey has not changed a bit,” stated Minnesota Hockey Executive Director Mike Snee.
“Partnering with Minnesota Hockey and assisting them in their role as stewards for the game is a priority for the Minnesota Wild,” added Wild Chief Operating Officer Matt Majka. “We are very proud of our relationship with Minnesota Hockey.”
Minnesota Hockey, a USA Hockey affiliate, is the governing body of youth hockey in Minnesota. With over 60,000 registered players (including over 9,500 girls), coaches and referees it is one of the largest state governing bodies for youth hockey in the United States. For additional information on Minnesota Hockey and its programs go to www.MinnesotaHockey.org.
The Minnesota Wild is in its eighth NHL season after bringing hockey at its highest-level back to Minnesota for the 2000-01 campaign. The Wild claimed its first-ever Northwest Division title in 2007-08 and has sold out every game played in franchise history. Regarded as one of America’s most intimate arenas, Xcel Energy Center is a one-of-a-kind multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility located in the heart of downtown St. Paul.