No date is set in stone but I would be shocked if Hockey Day Minnesota 2013 is not on January 19. Besides being the same Saturday as last season, it is hard to pass up having the Wild at home facing Pittsburgh and the Gophers at home facing North Dakota for the last time in the WCHA.Lo and behold, the date of Hockey Day Minnesota was announced today by both the Wild and University of Minnesota and it will be held on January 19th. Not to pat myself on the back (okay, yes I am) or anything but it makes perfect sense to have the seventh annual celebration of hockey in this state given the opponents for each team and availability of Chad Rau.
Grand Rapids is hosting the high school portion of HDM 2013 which will feature three outdoor games on Pokegama Lake (provided that it's cold enough and there is ice, unlike last year). All games are broadcast on Fox Sports North and while no times have been announced, my guess is that the Minnesota-North Dakota game starts somewhere around 5 p.m. and the Wild-Penguins begins around 7:30-8:00 p.m.
High School Games (Pokegama Lake, Grand Rapids)
Eagan vs. Hibbing (boys)
Benilde St. Margaret’s vs. Grand Rapids (boys)
Hibbing vs. Grand Rapids (girls) *tape delay
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. North Dakota, Mariucci Arena
Minnesota Wild vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Xcel Energy Center