ST. PAUL -- Head Coach Dean Evason, captain Jared Spurgeon, Zach Parise, Matt Dumba, Kevin Fiala and every player on the Minnesota Wild will be represented in the stands of Herb Brooks Arena when the 2019 Isobel Cup champions, the Minnesota Whitecaps, battle in the upcoming NWHL bubble season in Lake Placid.
In the spirit of #OneMN and in the latest example of their continued support of the State of Hockey's NWHL team, the Minnesota Wild organization has purchased 24 Fan Face Cut-outs. Showing the Wild's thoughtful commitment to hockey as a game for everyone, the Wild will have their 23 players and Coach Evason sign their Fan Faces and auction them after the NWHL season. The proceeds from the auction will provide scholarships for an all-girls Little Wild Learn to Play Program in the fall of 2021.
"We have been very proud supporters of the Minnesota Whitecaps since their inception in 2004," said Jamie Spencer, Executive Vice President of Business Development of the Minnesota Wild. "We wish the Whitecaps the best of luck during the 2021 National Women's Hockey League season and will be cheering them on as they try to bring the Isobel Cup back to the State of Hockey."
Fan Faces are available to order until Jan. 15 at whitecaps.universitytickets.com.
"This passionate support from our friends with the Minnesota Wild is not only huge for the Whitecaps but for everyone invested in women's hockey," said Whitecaps captain Allie Thunstrom. "As young players growing up in Minnesota, my teammates and I looked up to the players and the organization, hoping to be like them someday. And now that we are, it's so special to see the Whitecaps encourage and amplify us with their significant platform in the hockey world. Young players, boys and girls, now have two professional teams they can aspire to join. The Whitecaps thank the Wild for their support and we wish them the best of luck as they start their NHL season. Let's bring the Isobel Cup and the Stanley Cup to the State of Hockey in 2021! We are #OneMinnesota."
About the Minnesota Whitecaps
The Minnesota Whitecaps are a professional women's ice hockey team based in St. Paul, Minnesota and competing in the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL). Founded in 2004, the Whitecaps joined the NWHL as an expansion team in 2018 and went on to win the NWHL Isobel Cup Championships in their inaugural season. They are the only team to have won both a Clarkson Cup (CWHL) and an Isobel Cup (NWHL), the two major championships in professional women's hockey in North America. The Whitecaps play their home games at TRIA Rink in Saint Paul. Visit whitecaps.nwhl.zone to learn more.
About W Hockey Partners (WHP)
W Hockey Partners owns and operates four teams in the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL): Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, and Minnesota Whitecaps. The group is dedicated to advancing women's hockey, creating more opportunities for the best players to play professionally, and generating community impact. Visit whockeypartners.com to learn more.