SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild, Let’s Play Hockey and Minnesota Hockey today announced a partnership on a used hockey equipment drive through Thursday, Oct. 1. The announcement was made at an Xcel Energy Center press conference including Minnesota Wild Head Coach and former Crystal Youth Hockey Association player Todd Richards, who made the first donation. Three-time U.S. Olympian and Eagan native Natalie Darwitz will also serve as a celebrity spokesperson for the equipment drive.
Sponsors and partners for the program include Berger Transfer, Boehm’s, FOX Sports North, the 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, Warrior Hockey and Westwood Sports.
“The need is greater today than ever before, so let's make sure anyone who wants to stay in hockey or begin to play for the first time has the equipment to make it happen,” said Let’s Play Hockey publisher Doug Johnson.
Berger Transfer has placed drop-off boxes throughout the Twin Cities at select arenas and hockey shops through Thursday, Oct. 1. On Saturday, Oct. 10, the equipment will be distributed to hockey associations and individuals at Xcel Energy Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Apple Valley, White Bear Lake, Braemar (Edina) and Buffalo. 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 stationed on top of the Xcel Energy Center Box Office for the Wild’s pre-season game on Thursday, Sept. 24, as well as the Qwest Tour on Friday, Sept. 25, featuring the 2010 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team taking on the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Women’s All-Stars. Fans bringing in used equipment items for the Qwest Tour game on Sept. 25 will receive a voucher for $5 off the price of up to four tickets ($15 general admission).
The Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League will donate used gear to the drive, while Warrior hockey will donate new gear. Boehm’s hockey shop in St. Paul and Mendota Heights will provide cleaning for the donated equipment.
For more information, please contact Doug Johnson of Let’s Play Hockey at (612) 729-0023.