City Hits Hockey Day Home Run
Matt Demczyk | Jan 23, 2018 AT 7:53 pm
(KNSI) - St. Cloud earned high praise from people in town for Hockey Day Minnesota 2018.
"It's pretty cool," said Matt, from Andover.
While the youngster was a man of few words, his dad Brian elaborated a bit.
"The ambiance and the culture is great, it's definitely Minnesota," he said.
We spoke with the two right next to the big fire pit at the Winter Village.
"I think it's awesome. I've never been to a Hockey Day Minnesota before."
We caught up Mayor Dave Kleis amid the standing room only crowd moments after he declared "let's play some hockey!" ahead of the Cathedral/St. Cloud game.
"Talking to people who have been to all of them over the last several years, we have raised the bar in St. Cloud and it's great to showcase the heritage of hockey that this community has."
And he says an event of this magnitude couldn't have been pulled off without so many great volunteers.
"We have had amazing support from hundreds of volunteers and lots of sponsors."
Around 300 people locally volunteered to help out with the event, doing everything from taking tickets to sweeping off the ice during timeouts.
St. Cloud's effort in hosting the event at Lake George also received high praise from Fox Sports North during their broadcast of the games, at one point near the end of the broadcast Tom Hanneman saying "a hockey hotbed shining brightly today.
In the games carried on KNSI, the St. Cloud Icebreakers and Sartell/Sauk Rapids Storm'n Sabres tied on Friday night, and Cathedral beat St. Cloud 8-3 on Saturday.
So, with St. Cloud hosting the Governor's Fishing Opener last May, and now Hockey Day Minnesota, we asked what big event is coming next.
Officials wouldn't tip their hand, so we'll just have to wait and see.