ST CLOUD, Minn. –
The iconic Minnesota hockey tradition, Hockey Day Minnesota will be coming to St. Cloud next year.
“I think it’s great to be able to showcase what we have here in terms of our hockey culture and community,” said Eric Rud, St. Cloud State Head Women’s Hockey Coach.
It was announced last night before game 4 of the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild playoff series that the event will be held at a rink that will be built at Lake George Municipal park.
“It’s a great opportunity to highlight the community, and the heritage of hockey that we have,” said Dave Kleis, St. Cloud Mayor.
The St. Cloud State Huskies coached by Rud played on Hockey Day Minnesota this past year in a game that went to a shootout against Minnesota State University Mankato.
Rud says there is a different feel when playing on Hockey Day.
“The atmosphere and energy around our team was pretty high when we played that game,” said Rud.
Rud also has 2 daughters that play high school hockey, and said that there is a lot of anticipation around his house right now.
“When the rumbling started that this day might come here, they got really excited,” said Rud.
Kleis says Hockey Day Minnesota coming to St. Cloud can help out the city.
“It gives positive exposure to the community, so that people come back in the future,” said Kleis.
This is the 12th annual Hockey Day Minnesota, and will be the the first time that any Central Minnesota city will host the event.
Last year’s Hockey Day Minnesota was held in Stillwater.
“When you see the great job that Stillwater did with it last year providing a great atmosphere for all those high school games, it was something you wanted to be a part of live,” said Rud.