FOX Sports North finalizes details for Hockey Day Minnesota 2016

BY foxsports • February 4, 2016

FOX Sports North, in conjunction with the National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild, and the Duluth local organizing committee today announced final details for the 10th Annual Wells Fargo Hockey Day Minnesota (HDM) taking place on Saturday, Feb. 6.

In addition to regional television coverage on FOX Sports North and FOX Sports North PLUS, the broadcast event will be available nationally through the FS1 channel on FOX Sports GO, the live streaming app for FOX Sports content.

2016 TV Schedule:

9 a.m. Hockey Day Minnesota  Bayfront Park, Duluth
10 a.m. Duluth Denfeld vs. Eveleth-Gilbert  Bayfront Park, Duluth
1 p.m. Duluth East vs. Lakeville North Bayfront Park, Duluth
4 p.m. University of Minnesota vs. Penn State  Mariucci Arena, Minneapolis 
7 p.m. Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues Scottrade Center, St. Louis

FOX Sports North will have numerous on-air personalities reporting throughout the day. Tom Hanneman will anchor the Hockey Day Minnesota set from Bayfront Park alongside analysts Tom Chorske and Wes Walz. Brendan Burke and Kevin Gorg will handle play-by-play duties for the two outdoor games with Marney Gellner reporting. Doug McLeod and Ben Clymer take over the broadcast booth for the Minnesota-Penn State game. Anthony LaPanta and Mike Greenlay will call the Wild game from St. Louis. Audra Martin and Jim Rich will provide updates from HDM events taking place throughout the state, with numerous live hits scheduled from girl's high school sections matchups across the region.

Those watching the broadcast can expect a unique viewing experience with a combination of traditional footage, aerial shots as well as viewer-generated content. FOX Sports North cameras will take to the sky with Lake Superior Helicopters and 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 submitting text and photo content using #HDM2016 or upload video footage at foxsportsnorth.com/hdmvideos.

Thousands are expected to attend Saturday's event at Bayfront Park, the site of the outdoor games. Duluth's Iconic Aerial Lift Bridge horn will signal goals for the two home teams, Duluth Denfeld and Duluth East. The horn is typically used to communicate with approaching ships that need the bridge to lift, but on Feb. 6, it will signal a goal. "We wanted to make Hockey Day Minnesota unique to Duluth, and nothing is more 'Duluth' than our beloved lift bridge," said Jeremy Downs, Director of the Local Organizing Committee. The Lift Bridge operator will have direct radio contact rink personnel.

-- Tickets are still available online at hockeydayduluth.com and can be purchased on site Saturday starting at 8 a.m.

-- Hockey Day Minnesota merchandise and apparel is available for purchase at all Hockey Lodge locations and on site at Bayfront Park.

A number of VIPs and dignitaries are scheduled to be in attendance at Bayfront Park, including: Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, Minnesota Wild Chief Operating Officer Matt Majka, FOX Sports North Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Dimond, Minnesota Hockey Executive Director Glen Andresen and NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton. Bayfront Festival Park will see action off the ice as well including a Red Bull Xbox hockey tournament, food and retail vendors, sponsor booths with activities and fire pit areas for warming up.

Hockey Day Minnesota 2016 on FOX Sports North will be the 10th annual celebration of hockey from peewees to pros. Previous sites for outdoor games include Baudette Bay (2007-08), Saint Paul - Phalen (2009), Hermantown (2010), Moorhead (2011), Lake Minnetonka/Excelsior (2012), Grand Rapids (2013) and Elk River (2014) and Saint Paul - Holman Field (2015).

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 foxsportsnorth.com

FOX Sports GO: Subscribers of participating video providers can enjoy access to live games and events in FOX Sports GO year-round.  FOX Sports GO is currently available for iOS, Android, Fire Tablets and Fire Phones, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, select Windows devices, and on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com.  Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store.

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.  

Wells Fargo in Minnesota provides financial services from 209 locations and employs approximately 20,000 team members throughout the state. For information on banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance, visit wellsfargo.com or any Wells Fargo store in your community.



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