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HOCKEY: Former BSU star Matt Read to visit Bemidji

Former Bemidji State men’s hockey standout and Minnesota Wild forward Matt Read will sign autographs at Top Shelf Hockey Shop in Bemidji from 1-2 p.m. Aug. 31. (Pioneer file photo)

BEMIDJI -- Former Bemidji State standout and Minnesota Wild forward Matt Read will pay Bemidji a visit Friday, Aug. 31. Read will be on hand to sign autographs from 1-2 p.m. at Top Shelf Hockey Shop as part of the store’s third anniversary celebration.

During his four seasons at BSU, Read helped lead the Beavers to the 2009 Frozen Four before embarking on a professional career in 2011. He played seven seasons for the Philadelphia Flyers before signing with the Wild last month.

Aug. 31 will also be the first chance for fans to purchase Hockey Day Minnesota shirts and hats, in addition to other storewide sales. Prizes and drawings will be held throughout the day.

The Bemidji High School boys hockey team will be onsite from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. selling pulled pork sandwiches courtesy of CK Dudley’s. All proceeds will go directly to the team.