'Hockey Day Minnesota' Expected to Bring Thousands to Grand Rapids

By KBJR News 1

January 18, 2013 Updated Jan 18, 2013 at 8:16 PM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (NNCNOW.com) - If you're a hockey fan in Northern Minnesota and you're not in Grand Rapids already, you might want to think about getting there by Saturday when "Hockey Day Minnesota 2013" kicks off.

The event has been more than two years in the making and is expected to draw thousands.

"We've got a really good feeling about it," said Hockey Day Minnesota 2013 Co-Chair, Jim Bonner.

"It's a great sport and it's great fun," said Sholom Blake, also Hockey Day Minnesota 2013 Co-Chair.

The Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association has been planning to host Hockey Day Minnesota for over two years.

With help from the Minnesota Wild, Fox Sports North and Wells Fargo, the event will take place Saturday, featuring three high school hockey games.

"It's a fun day for Minnesota and especially for a town like Grand Rapids," said hockey parent, Brian Miller.

Organizers say they expect anywhere from 1,500 to 3,000 people to attend this year's Hockey Day Minnesota. It's an event that organizers say couldn't have been done without the help of the community.

"Everything that's out here [at the site of the event] is basically donated by a sponsor or provided by volunteer efforts," said Blake.

Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday. Hockey Day Minnesota 2013 is located on the section of Pokegama Lake in front of the Pokegama Golf Course.

For more information visit Hockey Day Minnesota 2013.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.