This story makes me wish I was 20 years younger. Pee Wee hockey players from Warroad and Roseau just played a game that felt bigger than two peewee teams playing. The Minnesota Wild hosted the event, brought Nordy up, and even had their in-arena announcer drive up and surprise the collection of 11 and 12-year-old players.

All of the players from both teams had NO IDEA that this was going to take place, the teams just thought it was a normal game, but instead, it was an experience none will soon forget.

WOW! What a night…and it was a BIG surprise! Last night the Warroad and Roseau Pee Wee B teams faced off in the Minnesota Wild Youth Hockey Spotlight Game

The stands were packed with over 2000 fans at The Gardens Arena in Warroad. Both of the Roseau and Warroad High School Pep Bands performed. Nordy, the Minnesota Wild mascot, cheered everyone on. Hockey legends from Roseau, Warroad and the Minnesota Wild were honored. The Minnesota Wild PA announcer and National Anthem singer were firing everyone up. The Minnesota Wild and Bally Sports North had professional film crews on site to document the evening. Big prizes were given away to fans. Thousands of dollars were raised for Minnesota Hockey Fights Cancer and donated to local cancer patients. Nearly $3000 were raised for Roseau and Warroad Youth Hockey.

But… the BIG SECRET… the Roseau and Warroad Pee Wee B players didn’t know this was happening! They showed up to simply play the game they love and unknowingly walked into the most exciting, electrified atmosphere of their youth hockey careers! They got to wear special game day jerseys and play the game in front of a packed house!

Thank you to the Roseau and Warroad communities for showing up and supporting youth hockey! Thank you to the many volunteers that made this spectacular event happen! And thank you to the Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Wild Gives Back for choosing to host this event for our kids in Hockeytown USA  What a way to kick off Hockey Day Minnesota 2024 month in Warroad, MN!
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What an awesome experience for the kids, and what a great way to kick off 2024 and celebrate Hockey Day Minnesota coming to Northern Minnesota.

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