The Minnesota Wild will host Military Appreciation Night, presented by Thomson Reuters and benefitting Defending the Blue Line, on Thursday, Nov. 13, when the Wild hosts the Buffalo Sabres at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center.
More than 1,000 active or retired military members are expected to be in attendance. The Wild, along with Thomson Reuters, offered military members a lower level ticket, hot dog, chips and soda for $50. That package is currently sold out.
Command Sergeant Major Douglas J. Wortham of the Minnesota National Guard will say Let’s Play Hockey. The National Guard will also provide a Color Guard. James Bohn, the Wild’s anthem singer, is a veteran. Wild game-night staples, including Mighty Mites, Bench Buddies, Mini Nordy and the Flag Bearer will also involve children of military members, many associated with long-time Wild partner Defending the Blue Line. Close to 100 military personnel will line each section at Xcel Energy Center during the National Anthem.
The second intermission will feature the Military Order of Purple Hearts – Minnesota Chapter. God Bless America will be performed by Michael Loonan, an Employee of Thomson Reuters and Twin Cities Music Entertainer. Michael’s father served during WWII and received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in the Invasion of Normandy.
The FOX Sports North Elite Seats (between the benches) will be reserved for Pamela Maurer and her sons. Pamela’s husband is a deceased military member and Purple Heart recipient, and two of her sons earned Purple Hearts. The American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program will be at Section 124 throughout the night; fans are invited to write out holiday cards for troops deployed overseas.
The Wild will wear special camouflage warm-up jerseys. The jerseys will be auctioned off immediately after warm-ups on Wild.com. Fans coming to the game can also bid on autographed camouflage jerseys at Section 104 to benefit the Minnesota Wild Foundation and Defending the Blue Line. Wild coaches and broadcasters will wear camouflage ties.