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Wild Announces Opening Night Festivities

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild
The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced the schedule of events for its 2010-11 Home Opener against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, Oct. 14. Face-off is at 7:30 p.m. while a red carpet entrance begins the evening’s events at 4:15 p.m. The game, presented by Xcel Energy, Wells Fargo and FOX Sports North, will be broadcast live on FOX Sports North (HD) and on WCCO 830 AM.

The events begin with a Wake-Up Rally, presented by Kwik Trip, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the St. Paul RiverCentre on Kellogg Blvd. Fans can drive up or walk up, and will receive a free cup of coffee, muffins and Coke products.  In addition, Pioneer Press and Star Tribune newspapers, and 2010-2011 Wild wall calendars will be distributed. The WCCO Morning News with Dave Lee will broadcast live from the Wake-Up Rally.

The team will also host a Red Carpet Entrance and Pre-Game Party. Fans are invited to welcome the Wild players as they make their red carpet arrival for Opening Night at the St. Paul RiverCentre on Kellogg Blvd. from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., then stick around for a pre-game party complete with music, food and beverage, interactive games and more from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Prizes, including Wild game tickets and a trip to the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, will be awarded to fans who register at the pre-game party.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Pre-game ceremonies will then celebrate the Wild’s first nine seasons as the puck waits to drop on Year Ten. A video tribute to the inaugural team will be shown, followed by on-ice introductions of inaugural team members. Then fans will be treated to a look back at the Top 10 Moments in Wild history.

Minnesota is 8-0-1 all-time in Home Openers, winning its last eight overall. All fans attending Thursday’s game will receive a Year Ten Minnesota Wild wall calendar and nine lucky fans will be awarded a game-worn jersey from one of the first nine seasons.
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