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Hockey Day Minnesota Dedicated to Jablonski Family

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news Updated: January 10, 2012 - 4:35 PM

Evening from the X.

Special moment before tonight's game. The pregame flag bearer will be the younger brother of Jack Jablonski, Max.

HOCKEY DAY MINNESOTA 2012, PRESENTED BY WELLS FARGO,
TO BE DEDICATED TO JABLONSKI FAMILY
SAINT PAUL/Minneapolis, Minn. – With the blessing of the Jablonski family, the Minnesota Wild, FOX Sports North and Wells Fargo today announced that the sixth annual Hockey Day Minnesota 2012 on Saturday, Jan. 21, will be dedicated to the family of Jack Jablonski, the Benilde-St. Margaret’s hockey player who suffered a spinal cord injury in a game last month.
The Wild, FOX Sports North and Wells Fargo will combine to host an all-day telethon as part of Hockey Day Minnesota, beginning at 9 a.m., raising money for the Jack Jablonski Trust Fund, which is set up through Wells Fargo. Operators will be at Xcel Energy Center standing by to take donations. Fans throughout the State of Hockey and beyond are encouraged to call the number on the screen to donate. Volunteers from the Benilde-St. Margaret’s School RED KNIGHT VOLUNTEER CORPS will be assisting with operating the phone bank.
In addition, there will be an online auction including Wild-related “experiences” such as lunch with General Manager Chuck Fletcher and Head Coach Mike Yeo, or a special night in the “Elite Seats” on the glass between the team benches, with proceeds going to the Jablonski family. More details on the experiences will be announced soon.
Hockey Day Minnesota 2012 on FOX Sports North, presented by Wells Fargo, will include over 16 hours of consecutive hockey-related programming designed as a celebration of the game from peewees to pros.

Lake Minnetonka and the city of Excelsior will serve as the background for the three outdoor high school games featured in the Hockey Day Minnesota 2012 line-up.

White Bear Lake vs. Grand Rapids (Boys) – 10 a.m.
Minnetonka vs. Duluth East (Boys) – 1:30 p.m.
Minnetonka vs. Hopkins (Girls) – 4 p.m.
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Colorado College at Mariucci Arena – 5 p.m.
Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center – 8 p.m.
Spectator tickets for the outdoor games in Excelsior are now available online by using www.hockeyblastminnesota.com. More information on the Wild’s involvement in Hockey Day Minnesota can be found at www.wild.com/hockeyday. To learn more about Jack Jablonski’s story, visit www.jabby13.com. To donate to the Jack Jablonski Trust Fund, mail to Wells Fargo Bank, Jack Jablonski Trust Fund, PO Box 16387, St. Louis Park, MN, 55416, or go to any Wells Fargo location.
 

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