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Hockey Day Minnesota Bemidji 2019 Announcement Ceremony

May 30, 2018
Hockey Day Minnesota Bemidji 2019 Announcement Ceremony
Sunday, July 1 at 11 a.m. at Lake Bemidji Waterfront

Minnesota Wild Mascot Nordy to serve as Grand Marshall of Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival Parade

The Hockey Day Minnesota – Bemidji 2019 Announcement Ceremony will be
held on Sunday, July 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lake Bemidji Waterfront. Representatives of the Minnesota
Wild, Fox Sports North, and the teams will be on hand as the date and participating teams for Hockey
Day Minnesota Bemidji 2019 are revealed. All are welcome.

The announcement ceremony will be preceded by a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser from 8-10:30 a.m. in
the Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival Tent also at the Lake Bemidji Waterfront. Cost is $8 per person with
children 5 & under free. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, orange juice and coffee. All
proceeds go to Bemidji High School (BHS) Girls Hockey. Tickets are available from any BHS Girls Hockey
player or at the door. Games and activities will also be held during the fundraiser.

Following the announcement ceremony, Minnesota Wild’s mascot, Nordy, will be the Grand Marshall of
the Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival parade at 1 p.m. and he will be joined in the parade by
representatives from the participating teams and the Hockey Day Minnesota Bemidji local organizing

According to the Minnesota Wild, Nordy is A WILD animal born in the north woods of the Iron Range,
Nordy was found skating the frozen lakes and ponds near Eveleth, MN. While no one truly knew what
sort of Wild animal he is, it was clear that Nordy encompassed the true spirit of the Wild. So in 2008,
Nordy proudly accepted the offer to become the mascot for the Minnesota Wild. He stays true to his
"up north-y" roots but has moved into his own lair at Xcel Energy Center so he can be closer to his
favorite hockey team. Nordy wears the number 18,001 to represent his place as a member of The Team
of 18,000. To date, he has the largest number ever allowed on an NHL jersey! Nordy lives for hockey and
is one of the last players to still sport his "hockey hair" mullet. He loves to visit kids and get high fives but
be careful...he can be a rascal and play jokes on anybody!

Hockey Day Minnesota Bemidji 2019 is made possible in part by the support of local business sponsors
including local title sponsor Sanford Health, Emerald Sponsor Ottertail Power, Diamond sponsors Kraus
Anderson Construction, Neilson Foundation, and Paul Bunyan Communications, Platinum sponsors
Edgewater Group, Bemidji Chrysler Center, Norbord, Dondelinger GM, Flat-Crete, TransCanada, Gold
sponsors JC Custom Welding, Wells Technology, Media sponsors Bemidji Pioneer, R.P. Broadcasting,
Lakeland PBS, Buyline, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, PBTV, Coyote 102.5 FM, Silver sponsors Amity
Graphics, VisitBemidji, Arrow Printing, MJ Architectural, Bronze sponsor Krigbaum and Jones, David
Eichstadt, and Supporter sponsor Bank Forward. If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact
Tracy Pogue at (218) 766-6625.

Hockey Day Minnesota originated in 2007 by the Minnesota Wild to celebrate the game that has made
Minnesota the State of Hockey. Bemidji’s festivities will be part of a day-long television event
broadcast on FOX Sports North, designed as a celebration of the game from peewees to pros. 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), St.
Paul (2015), Duluth (2016), Stillwater (2017), and St. Cloud (2018). For more information, visit
Brian Bissonette
(218) 444-1127
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