Broadcast details for Hockey Day Minnesota 2017 announced

FOX Sports North, in conjunction with the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday announced broadcast details for the 11th annual Wells Fargo Hockey Day Minnesota (HDM) taking place this Saturday, Jan. 21. The day will include over 18 hours of original hockey programming, including six live games — three outdoor high school games from Lowell Park in Stillwater, two highly anticipated college matchups and the NHL’s Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks in primetime.

The telecast event begins at 9 a.m. with programming anchored from the Hockey Day set at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Throughout the day, the FOX Sports North team will introduce viewers to several inspirational features and report from tournaments, pick-up games and Hockey Day gatherings from across “The State of Hockey.” A list of features can be found below.

The broadcast event will be televised regionally on FOX Sports North, FOX Sports North PLUS and via the FOX Sports GO app. It will be available nationwide from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., exclusively through FOX Sports GO.

TIME EVENT LOCATION CHANNEL
9 a.m. Hockey Day Minnesota Coverage Begins FSN / FSN PLUS / FOX Sports GO
10 a.m. Thief River Falls vs. Mahtomedi (Boys) Lowell Park, Stillwater FSN / FSN PLUS / FOX Sports GO
1 p.m. Eden Prairie vs. Stillwater (Boys) Lowell Park, Stillwater FSN / FSN PLUS / FOX Sports GO
3 p.m. Minnesota State University – Mankato vs. St. Cloud State University (Women) Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, St. Cloud FSN Plus
5 p.m. University of Minnesota vs. University of Wisconsin (Men) Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin FSN / FS2 / FOX Sports GO
5:30 p.m.* Minnetonka vs. Stillwater (Girls) Lowell Park, Stillwater FSN Plus / Re-air on FSN at 11pm
8 p.m. Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul FSN / FSN PLUS / FOX Sports GO

FOX Sports North has a full team of on-air talent contributing throughout the day. Tom Hanneman and Tom Chorske will anchor the Hockey Day Minnesota set from Lowell Park, while Audra Martin and Wes Walz will join the broadcast from Xcel Energy Center.

Krissy Wendell, one of the top women’s hockey players of all-time, will join Kevin Gorg in the broadcast booth for the girls outdoor high school game. Kevin Gorg will also handle broadcast duties for the two boys outdoor high school games, alongside Anthony LaPanta, and with Marney Gellner reporting.

Doug McLeod and Ben Clymer take over the broadcast booth for the Minnesota-Wisconsin game. Jim Rich and former St. Cloud State goalie, Julie Friend, will call the women’s college game from St. Cloud. LaPanta and Mike Greenlay take over the mics for primetime as play-by-play and analyst for the Wild game.

Hockey Day Minnesota 2017 Special Features:

  • Lincoln Becker: Eleven-year-old Lincoln from Fairmont was diagnosed with a rare form of Lymphoma. It’s his optimism and love of hockey that has helped him survive.
  • Austin Howard: A journey from an orphanage in Haiti to a rink in St. Cloud. A remarkable story of a gifted sophomore on the St. Cloud Cathedral JV team.
  • Josh Campbell: When this Mahtomedi goalie is between the pipes, he’s focused on the game. But, his heart is always with his uncle Jeff, a former goaltender who passed away 10 years ago.
  • Wetterling Values: Hockey Day Minnesota year 11, Jacob Wetterling wore No. 11. Eleven Captains from 11 teams playing on HDM with a touching tribute to a very special Minnesota family.
  • Natalie Snodgrass: Meet the Eastview senior who scored the game tying and winning goal for Team USA, securing gold for the Under 18 Championships.
  • Youth Advantage: A single parent family has twin boys thriving in hockey with the support of Youth Advantage — an organization in the Stillwater area that helps youth pursue their passions in extracurricular activities.
  • Junior Gold: With over 85 teams across the state, Junior Gold provides athletes the opportunity to compete at a high level, even if high school roster spots are full.

The network will also highlight the three finalists from Minnesota Hockey’s annual essay contest.

FOX Sports North will once again offer viewers an interactive social media experience on FOX Sports North PLUS. The hockey community is encouraged to join the HDM celebration by using #HDM2017 — text and photo content will be incorporated into the broadcast and featured on a custom “squeeze back” screen throughout the day.

Producers are also planning to feature viewer-generated content. Fans are encouraged to submit cell phone video of their Hockey Day Minnesota activities and celebrations at FOXSportsNorth.com.

Hockey Day Minnesota was originated in 2007 by the Minnesota Wild to celebrate the game that has made Minnesota the State of Hockey. It is produced in partnership with FOX Sports North, Minnesota Hockey and the respective local community that serves as host each year. Previous locations include Baudette Bay (2007, 2008), Phalen Park (2009), Hermantown (2010), Moorhead (2011), Minnetonka (2012), Grand Rapids (2013), Elk River (2014), Saint Paul (2015), and Duluth (2016). For more information, visit the Hockey Day Minnesota page on wild.com.

About the Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild is a thriving National Hockey League (NHL) franchise that began play in 2000. Its parent company, Minnesota Sports & Entertainment (MSE), is a premier sports and entertainment provider with several different avenues of business operations headquartered in downtown Saint Paul, Minn. Its subsidiary, the Saint Paul Arena Company, manages the state-of-the art Xcel Energy Center, home ice of the Wild, and the Saint Paul RiverCentre, which includes the Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium. MSE also owns the Iowa Wild franchise in the American Hockey League (AHL), the primary development affiliate of the Minnesota Wild based in Des Moines, Iowa.  Driven by a mission to “Create a Greater State of Hockey,” MSE and the Minnesota Wild Foundation also strongly support community causes, primarily in the area of pediatric giving. For more, visit wild.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

FOX Sports North reaches more than 2 million homes throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North and South Dakota and telecasts nearly 2,600 hours of locally produced programming per year. For more information on the Emmy Award-winning regional sports network, visit www.foxsports.north.com.