Military Appreciation Night set for Tuesday, Nov. 10, when the Minnesota Wild hosts the Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center. Presented by Thomson Reuters and benefitting Defending the Blue Line, nearly every element of the game will honor the men and women who have bravely served in the Armed Forces and their families.
More than 1,000 active or retired military members are expected to be in attendance. The Wild, along with Thomson Reuters, have provided specially-priced tickets for military members and their families.
The Wild will wear camouflage jerseys during pre-game warmups that will be auctioned off beginning Nov. 10 at wild.com/auction to benefit Defending the Blue Line and the Minnesota Wild Foundation. Wild coaches and broadcasters will also wear camouflage ties.
The Minnesota National Guard Funerals Honors Team will provide a color guard to accompany the Wild’s anthem singer James Bohn, also a veteran, for the Star Spangled Banner. Colonel Jim Johnson, commander of the 133rd Air Wing of the Minnesota National Guard, will deliver the traditional “Let’s Play Hockey” cheer.
A special military flag-unveiling will take place from the arena rafters and on the ice during a first-intermission ceremony. The second intermission will feature the Military Order of Purple Hearts - Minnesota Chapter.
Fans can fill out holiday cards for troops deployed overseas at Section 124, where the American Red Cross “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program will be stationed throughout the game.
Children of military members will partake in Wild game-night staples: Bench Buddies, Youth Starting Lineups, Mini Nordy, Zamboni® rides and the Flag Bearer. Fan contests and entertainment throughout the game will feature military family members.