Bulldogs Girls 12U Hockey surprised with Wild Hockey experience

Jarrod Schoenecker, editor@montgomerymnnews.com

Minnesota River Valley Girls 12U Hockey Team in the locker room with custom jerseys and name placards for each player. Pictured from left to right, in the back row, Alli Andresen, Aubrey Heller, Maren Swenson, Mara Von Bank, Kelcie Weydert, Thea Braun, and Reganne Hartmann, in the front row, Payton Fredrickson, Amelia Miller, Sophie Tews, and Kacey Hollerich. (Submitted photo)

The Minnesota River Bulldogs 12U Girls Hockey, ages 12 and under, were surprised in Woodbury on a very snowy January 3. The girls expected to arrive playing a typical game against the Woodbury 12U B1 team. All other TCU and area schools activities were cancelled this day because of an ongoing winter storm. This game, however, was not cancelled.

They were treated with the Wild Hockey’s Youth Hockey Spotlight Game, an annual event since 2017 for the Minnesota Wild Hockey. The Minnesota Wild only hosts three of these events a year throughout the state. This is the first time that the Minnesota River Bulldogs has been chosen.

When teams arrived at M Health Fairview Sports Center in Woodbury, they were greeted coming off the bus by an aisle of cheering fans on the way to the locker room. Once in the locker rooms, Wild Hockey staff welcomed them. Both teams were presented with Wild Hockey-themed locker rooms with custom game jerseys and Wild Hockey-themed placards bearing each players’ name and positioned in the individual locker room stalls. Players also received a Minnesota Wild and U.S. Bank-branded water bottle, backpack, stocking hat, and commemorative hockey puck.  

Minnesota Wild Goaltending Coach Frederic Chabot acted as the Bulldogs guest coach, and Wild Video Coach T.J. Jindra acted as Woodbury’s guest coach for the game. Wild Hockey...

To see more on this story pick up the January 19,, 2023 print edition of the Montgomery Messenger. 


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