Hockey Day Flag Raised In St. Cloud

Hockey Day Flag Raised In St. Cloud Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

(KNSI) - A flag raising ceremony was held at St. Cloud's Lake George to mark 100 days until Hockey Day Minnesota 2018.

St. Cloud will host the 12th annual celebration of Minnesota hockey on Saturday, January 20th, 2018.

Mayor Dave Kleis says hosting Hockey Day Minnesota adds to St. Cloud's already tremendous hockey history.

"This is a place where 12 days out of the year we have Summertime by George and now we'll have Wintertime by George, so Hockey Day Minnesota is a great way to embrace winter, celebrate heritage and have some great hockey."

At the end of September, crews started getting the area in front of the Summertime By George stage at Eastman Park ready for construction of the outdoor hockey rink that four of the games will be played on.

The city is excited to reap the economic impacts of the event.

Julie Lunning, Executive Director of Visit Greater St. Cloud, says they expect big numbers but aren't putting an estimate on it.

She says the economic impact won't just be felt from people in town for the event that weekend.

"But they're gonna be at home and seeing it on TV and saying yeah, that's where I wanna go next."

The lineup for the games being broadcast on Fox Sports North are as follows.

In boy's high school action, St. Cloud will take on St. Cloud Cathedral at 10 a.m. on the outdoor rink being constructed at Eastman Park.

Also at that venue, at 1 p.m., St. Cloud State University's women's team will play Minnesota Duluth.

At 4:30 p.m. at Eastman Park, Moorhead takes on Centennial in boy's action.

Then at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center at 5 p.m., St. Cloud State takes on MSU Mankato in men's action.

Rounding out the day will be the Minnesota Wild against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Xcel Energy Center at 8 p.m.

On Friday, January 19th, there will be a girl's high school game between the St. Cloud Icebreakers and Sartell-Sauk Rapids Storm'n Sabres.

The St. Cloud vs Cathedral and the St. Cloud Icebreakers and Sartell-Sauk Rapids Storm'n Sabres games will be broadcast live on KNSI.

A St. Cloud State alumni game is also scheduled for Friday night.

All proceeds raised from the day-long event will benefit St. Cloud area youth hockey programs.


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