Tomorrow is the day! Hockey Day Minnesota 2015 kicks off at Saint Paul’s Holman Field. Now in its eighth year, the event is one of the most anticipated in Minnesota.
This year it will be a bit different because it aims to honor members of our military, both here and overseas. Thus, the reason it’s being held at an active airfield. In fact, teams will hit the ice from a Chinook helicopter and all games played tomorrow will be streamed live to troops from Minnesota, based in Kuwait.
Tonight and tomorrow we’ll be able to soak in high school teams, youth teams, military teams and even first-responder teams composed of our very own St. Paul police and fire fighters.
Serving Our Troops, a local non-profit, is partnering this year with the Minnesota Wild and Fox Sports North to ensure the event benefits Minnesota’s military families.
OK, so let’s get to the action.
Tonight, the Minnesota National Guard team takes to the ice to battle the Canadian Army Team. Then, two Wounded Warrior teams will play and then the cops against the firefighters.
The main event happens tomorrow night with the high school games getting underway:
- 10:00am: Saint Paul Johnson Governors vs. Luverne Cardinals
- 1:30pm: Hill Murray Pioneers vs. Saint Thomas Academy Cadets
- 4:30pm: Cretin Derham Hall Raiders vs. Duluth Northern Stars
- 7:30pm: Saint Paul Academy Spartans vs. Rochester Lourdes Eagles
Sunday is youth league day.
There will be the usual heated tent with stuff to eat and drink and a fun zone. Bring the kids because they’ll want to check out the Minnesota National Guard’s Blackhawk helicopters, the C-130 cargo plane and the Chinook.
Tickets for Hockey Day Minnesota 2015 are available online and are priced at $10 for today and $20 tomorrow. You can also buy a two-day pass for $25.
Find the entire schedule of events here.
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