Hockey Season in full swing in Minnesota

First, the National Hockey League begins its cancer awareness month of Nov. with its theme of purple warm-up and practice jerseys, a purple backdrop on the official NHL app, and for the Minnesota Wild, Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night on Nov. 14 during their game against the Philadelphia Flyers. On Saturday, Nov. 11, Minnesota beat the Flyers 1-0 in Dubnyk’s second shutout of the season and third of back-to-back games in his career. Dubnyk shutout the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 9. The only other headline to Minnesota Wild hockey, as the Wild continue to struggle as a group, is Jason Zucker, who has scored all of the Wild’s last six goals, spanning three games. Zucker scored two goals in a 4-2 loss to Toronto Nov. 8, tallied a hat trick against the Canadiens the next night, and scored the Wild’s only goal in their win against the Flyers. Currently in last place in the Central Division standings, the Wild have a 7-7-2 record.

On Apr. 19 earlier this year the Minnesota Wild, FOX Sports North and Minnesota Hockey helped to announce that Hockey Day Minnesota will be held in St. Cloud in 2018. On Jul. 5 the schedule came out: St. Cloud v St. Cloud Cathedral (boys) at 10 a.m., St. Cloud State U. v UMD (women) at 1 p.m., Moorhead v Centennial (boys) at 4:30 p.m., MSU Mankato v St. Cloud State (men) at 5 p.m. on FOX Sports North plus, and finally the Minnesota Wild v the Tampa Bay Lightning in St. Paul at 8 p.m. Now that the weather has turned cold, preparations have begun for the 12th annual hockey celebration on Lake George. There are only 68 days to go.

Rochester native Hanna Hughes is also settling into her own hockey season. In high school she was diagnosed with cancer and was quickly forced to amputate one of her legs, part of her pelvis and part of her hip. Her soccer career came to end, but soon she found sled hockey. Now in 2017 and age 24, Hannah is the only woman on the Minnesota Wild sled hockey team, and has recently been named to the United State’s first women’s sled hockey team. The U.S. team won’t compete in the 2018 winter Paralympics because there needs to be at least six international women’s teams in competition, but in 2022 Hanna may also be on the first ever Paralympic Women’s Sled Hockey team.

The Marshall Tigers are looking to begin their hockey season on Nov. 24 against Pine City beginning at 7 p.m. in Red Baron Arena.