ST. PAUL -- The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced today the team will honor Joe Mauer on Tuesday, Feb. 12 when it hosts the Philadelphia Flyers at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Players will wear custom Joe Mauer No. 7 jerseys during pre-game warmups. The jerseys will be autographed by the respective Wild player and Mauer and auctioned to benefit Crescent Cove and the Minnesota Wild Foundation. Bidding for the jerseys will open the evening of Feb. 12 on the official Minnesota Wild NHL Auction page. The auction will close March 1. Mauer will take part in a ceremonial puck drop before the game and family members will announce Let's Play Hockey and make a This Is Our Ice contribution before the game.
"Joe Mauer had a fantastic career with the Minnesota Twins and, along with our fans, we look forward to honoring the Saint Paul native for his great accomplishments both on and off the baseball field at our game on Feb. 12," said Minnesota Wild President Matt Majka.
Joe and his wife, Maddie, are Crescent Cove Ambassadors, helping spread awareness about the organization in the community. Crescent Cove offers care and support to children and young adults with a shortened life expectancy, and their families who love them. The Crescent Cove Respite & Hospice Home for Kids is a vibrant and joyful home-away-from-home for kids with life-threatening conditions, where each moment is embraced and celebrated. For more information, visit www.crescentcove.org/.
Mauer announced his retirement on Nov. 15 after a 15-year career with the Minnesota Twins that saw him win an unprecedented three American League batting titles as a catcher, the 2009 American League MVP Award and earn six All-Star selections. One of the greatest players in Twins history, the Saint Paul, Minn., native finished his career with a .306 batting average and 2,123 hits in 1,858 games.
With help from Wild players, the Minnesota Wild Foundation supports pediatric medical causes, serves as the largest non-member funding source for Minnesota Hockey, and provides fundraising opportunities for youth hockey associations across the state. Since its inception in 2009, the Wild Foundation has distributed more than $3.6 million in grants to hockey organizations and children's medical related charities and has dispersed more than $2 million to local charities through its Split the Pot Raffle program to help create a Greater State of Hockey. For more information and to make a donation visit www.wild.com/foundation.