BEMIDJI -- The Hockey Day Minnesota Bemidji 2019 announcement ceremony will be

held on Sunday, July 1, at 11 a.m. at the Lake Bemidji waterfront. All are welcome to attend.

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Fox Sports North reporter Kevin Gorg will be the master of ceremonies and will interview representatives from the Minnesota Wild, local dignitaries and participating coaches. The Wild’s mascot, Nordy, will be on hand to entertain the crowd, along with other local mascots. Each of the 10 participating teams will have players present in team jerseys to add to the excitement. The Bemidji High School marching band will provide musical entertainment, including a performance of the Wild’s State of Hockey Anthem.

Fans are invited to help “Pack the Plaza” in front of Paul & Babe for the announcement, and are encouraged to wear Bemidji jerseys, Bemidji spirit wear or Bemidji colors to the announcement ceremony which will be live streamed on FSN’s Facebook, Twitter and Youtube channels and shown during the network’s Twins broadcast starting at 1 p.m.

The announcement ceremony will be preceded by a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8-10:30 a.m. in the Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival tent also at the Lake Bemidji waterfront. Cost is $8 per person with children 5 and under free. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, orange juice and coffee. All proceeds go to the Bemidji High School girls hockey program. Tickets are available from any BHS girls hockey player or at the door. Games and activities will also be held during the fundraiser. The first official Hockey Day Minnesota Bemidji merchandise will also be on sale.

Following the announcement ceremony, Wild mascot, Nordy, will be the grand marshal of the Bemidji Jaycees Water Carnival parade at 1 p.m. He will be joined in the parade by Gorg and representatives from the participating teams and the Hockey Day Minnesota Bemidji local organizing committee.

The Wild created Hockey Day Minnesota in 2007 to celebrate the game that has made Minnesota the “State of Hockey.” Bemidji’s festivities will be part of a day-long television event broadcast on FSN, designed as a celebration of the game from peewees to pros. It is

produced in partnership with FSN, Minnesota Hockey and the respective local community

that serves as host each year. Previous locations include Baudette Bay (2007, 2008), Phalen Park (2009), Hermantown (2010), Moorhead (2011), Minnetonka (2012), Grand Rapids (2013), Elk River (2014), St. Paul (2015), Duluth (2016), Stillwater (2017) and St. Cloud (2018). For more information, visit wild.com/hockeyday.