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Newsletter February 5, 2023

By MSH, 02/05/23, 10:15AM CST


1) Wild Diversified Hockey Game - Register by Feb 14
2) Whitecaps Game - Register by Feb 12
3) North American Pond Hockey - Register by Feb 6
4) Matt Dumba Hockey Without Limits Camp - Register by Feb 12

1.  MN Wild Diversified Hockey Night - Must Register by February 14th

MN Wild Special Hockey players and families have the opportunity to participate in the Minnesota Diversified Hockey Night at a Wild game in St. Paul.  This is a terrific opportunity for us to spread the word about Special Hockey, with an opportunity to skate during 2nd intermission and maybe even be a "bench buddy" during Wild warmups!  Please note that not everyone who registers will get chosen to be a skater and/or bench buddy.  There will be a drawing if more players register than we have tickets.  

Also, this game is at 1:00 on a Sunday and many Special Hockey teams have a game that day.  Players and coaches will need to commit to attending the Wild game if they are chosen to participate.

Event details:

Date:  Sunday, February 26th.  Arrive by 11:00 am.  This is the time everyone who is participating must arrive into the arena.  Late arrivals may miss out.  The game starts at 1:00 pm.

Where:  Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul 

What:  MN Wild vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Activities available for Special Hockey players:

  • Players/coaches for scrimmage - 12 skaters + 2 coaches (scrimmage will occur during 2nd intermission)

  • Bench Buddies (on the Wild bench during warmups) - 4 skaters (drawn at random from those 12 who are skating)

Minnesota Special Hockey is only given a limited number of tickets into the game.  The players and coaches skating will receive 2 tickets each.  We can't guarantee any locations of where the seats are in the arena.  It is very random but is most likely in the upper concourse.
Additional tickets will be available for purchase at a discounted price, but we do not have the link to purchase those yet.  That link will be added to the registration soon, as well sent via email.   We cannot guarantee the locations of where these tickets are either.  
This registration will close on Tuesday, February 14th.    Coaches - if you are able to attend and can assist on-ice, please register as well.   Everyone will be contacted about their assignments by Friday, February 17th.  
2. MN Whitecaps Game -- Must Register by February 12th

The Minnesota Whitecaps, Minnesota's professional women's hockey team, has invited MN Special Hockey to attend their February 18th game versus the Buffalo Beauts.  Special Hockey players will have an opportunity to scrimmage (if we have enough players) or do some run relays on ice during the 2nd intermission.  Everyone needs a ticket to attend and tickets are $15 each.  Tickets must be purchased no later than Monday, February 12th to get the reduced rate.  

Where:  Richfield Ice Arena, 636 East 66th Street, Richfield.

When:  February 18th.  Game time is 6:00 pm.  Please arrive by 5:20 pm to put away your gear (if skating) and watch warmups.  Gear will be stored in the ETS Training Room at the front of the rink, and this is also where skaters will change.  

Please only register if you know you will attend and would like to skate during intermission.  Register by February 12th.  

Use this link to register:  Welcome | 2/18/23 Minnesota Whitecaps Game | Minnesota Special Hockey ( 

Tickets can be purchased at the following link, through February 12th.  Please use Promo Code "MNSH" to get the reduced rate.

More information will be sent to those who register prior to the event.

3. North American (Minnetonka) Pond Hockey - Must Register by Monday February 6th

MN Special Hockey is invited to play a game at the North American Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior (by Maynards).  MSH will be playing on the main rink on Saturday, February 11th from 12:00 to 1:00pm.  

A couple things to note about this event:

  • This is a small rink and small goals.  No goalies allowed, but goalies can skate out.

  • Parking is often challenging.

  • Changing into gear can be crowded, but they usually find us space.

  • Most gear is required.  Breezers and shoulder pads are optional. 

If you are interested in skating during this time you must fill out the registration by Monday, February 6th.  If too many players sign up, there will be a drawing to see who will get to skate.  As with all these types of registrations, you will get an email receipt when it is completed.  
We would love to see many coaches and volunteers there too!  Let Jane Cashin ( know if you can make it.   


4. Matt Dumba Hockey Without Limits Camp - Must Register by Sunday, February 12th

Once again Matt Dumba is offering his Hockey Without Limits Camp!  Matt, in partnership with the Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Hockey, is excited to host this event on Monday, February 20th at the John Rose Oval in Roseville, MN.  This camp is dedicated to providing an inclusive hockey experience in which new and current players of all ages, abilities, races and ethnicities play the game of hockey together. 

MN Wild Special Hockey has been given one session from 9:00am - 9:45am on Monday, February 20th.  

  • Registration closes on Sunday, February 12th.  No late registrations will be allowed.

  • Please do not register unless you are sure you can attend this event.

  • This is open to both players and volunteers.

  • If there are too many people who register, a drawing will be held.  Everyone will be contacted by Monday, February 13th.  

We would love to see coaches and volunteers there too!  Let Jane Cashin ( know if you can make it.