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Events at Hockey Day Minnesota Warroad 2024

Ways

to Watch

Saturday’s festivities will be broadcast on Bally Sports North, with stories running about many local hockey legends, as well as the way of living in our neck of the woods. Find the games on Sjoberg’s, Direct TV, and streaming on ballysports.com.

Pack

the Stands

Tickets for day and weekend passes can be purchased at hockeydaymn.com. Any net proceeds raised from these sales will be placed in a newly created Warroad Hockey Endowment Fund to strengthen local hockey programs and operations for the foreseeable future.

Sledding Hill

There’s nothing quite like the joy and nostalgia of sledding in the winter. Northern Toboggan Co. will make those sentiments a reality for children and adults alike with a snow hill in the Village. The local artisans will also provide hand-crafted wood toboggans for sledders to coast down a 50-foot slope. Northern Toboggan will have an alternate activity planned in the event of low snowfall.

The Outlaw

Rink

Pay homage to the 50-year legacy of the Lakers, the Outlaw Rink will allow hockey enthusiasts to play their own pick-up game during Hockey Day. Don't forget a helmet (a must and a stick, and you’re set. The 100-by-50-foot rink is sponsored by Polaris and was constructed by Scott Johnson Companies.

Mini

Skate Path

The architects from Warroad’s Riverbend Skate Path are bringing this iconic winter attraction to the Village. The mini version will have the same ambience as the record-breaking path, including fire pits and lighting throughout the installation. Be sure to bring your own skates to enjoy some leisurely laps. Path design subject to change.

Hockeytown

Lodge

This heated, 200-by-85-foot entertainment tent will be alive with activity during Hockey Day. Featuring food, drinks, vendors, and even nightly musical entertainment, fans are sure to have fun while staying warm thanks to a commercial wood boiler built by Heatmor. Fun fact: Volunteers will cut the equivalent of three semi-trailer truckloads of wood to keep the boiler stoked.

Memorial

Arena

The spot where history will be made. Sponsored by Rink-Tec, this rink has bleacher seating for 3,500 fans, with room for another 500 fans in the VIP tent sponsored by Marvin. Did you know? The chiller for the ice prevents cracking by either cooling or warming the ice depending on the outside temperature.

Village

Entry

How to plan ahead: Parking will be available for $10 at the Warroad High School. Enter from the west on Cedar Ave. Accessible and snowmobile/ranger parking spots also will be on site. A clear bag policy will be in effect, so pack light. Re-entry will be allowed. Multiple vendors will offer food and drink options, including a beer garden sponsored by LOW Brewing Co. and LOW Distilling Co. Sixty porta potties will be on site provided by Storey Septic.

The Rivalry

Warroad vs. Roseau. It’s one of the most storied rivalries in high school hockey, a bucket-list event for many, a battle with an attendance that often exceeds the host town’s population. Featured in several media headlines – even the New York Times made the trip to the northern border – the rivalry is steeped in the area’s collective history, dating back to the turn of the 20th century. The Warriors and Rams have faced off over 180 times since the first recorded match-up in 1945. And on Hockey Day, they’ll do it again. But this time, their competition will be broadcast to the largest audience to date. Bally Sports North will televise the game across the Upper Midwest and online to viewers everywhere. The puck drops in the Warroad Hockey Day Village at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Don’t miss the alumni rivalry game on Friday night benefitting the Max Foundation or the youth match-ups on Wednesday evening.

Commemorative

Sticks

a First at

Hockey Day

Hockey Day teams will take a bit of Hockeytown heritage with them when they head home. Warroad will be the first host town to gift participating teams with a commemorative hockey stick. Set to be unveiled during the weekend festivities, the sticks are a screen-wrapped reproduction print of original artwork designed by Shawna Grapentine, a local Indigenous artist and American Indian Education Home/School Liaison at the Warroad Schools.

“The community of Warroad has a wonderful spirit, you feel it wherever you go- the school, the rink, the local businesses. It just has a way of making you feel at home,” says Grapentine. The stick design “represents the beauty and growth of Warroad and all of its accomplishments. For all those fortunate to have had a connection to Warroad, they will carry the Warroad spirit and memories with them always.”

Grapentine is a recognized figure in the hockey world for her customized “Players of the Game” stick for the 2023 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championships. A limited number of Hockey Day reproductions will be available for public purchase.

 

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