15 41 ae1q5731In Minnesota, hockey’s a big deal, and this year the Minnesota Wild, Fox Sports North and other area businesses including Thomson Reuters hosted Hockey Day in Minnesota. The weekend of hockey included pee wee and high school games, as well as games with the Minnesota Gophers and Minnesota Wild hockey teams.

Serving Our Troops organized the event and this year built a temporary arena at Holman Field Airport in downtown St. Paul. It was a thing of beauty. Refrigerated, Zamboni-perfect ice, ample seating and major square footage under a heated tent to warm up between periods with hot cocoa and other refreshments. Holman Field was selected because it’s the home of the Minnesota National Guard 34th Combat Aviation Brigade and 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion. This year, Hockey Day in Minnesota was presented in honor of members of America’s military, at home and away.

“It is a privilege to be with so many of Minnesota’s men and women in the armed services and to have a day to really recognize them as the heroes they are and to honor their sacrifice,” said Rick King, chief operating officer, Technology, for Thomson Reuters. “Hockey Day is about what makes Minnesota special, and Thomson Reuters and its employee Veterans Network are delighted to be a part of this event.”Hockey Day in Minnesota

The first game set the tone as Hockey Day kicked off with Minnesota’s Warriors, a team of wounded veterans, taking on the Buffalo Sabre’s Wounded Warriors. It was fast, hard-nosed hockey played by athletes in camouflage hockey jerseys. Bleachers filled, organ music pounded in the speakers overhead. Now, cue the St. Paul skyline glowing in the background for a perfect Minnesota winter evening.

Thomson Reuters employee and extreme sport photographer Craig Madsen was at the event and offers this montage. And view the Thomson Reuters Hockey Day in Minnesota video, featuring the stick handling prowess of our own Rick King.

*Photo credit: Craig Madsen



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