The Minnesota Wild will be hosting its first-ever Girls Hockey Weekend on December 16-18 at the Xcel Energy Center. The event is presented by Schwan's Home Delivery, Minnesota Hockey and the Minnesota Whitecaps.
The weekend kicks off with local women's hockey star Natalie Darwitz practicing with the Wild on Friday. Darwitz, the current head coach at Hamline and former standout at Eagan HS, the University of Minnesota, and the U.S. Olympic Team will be the first woman to practice with the Wild. She will also make the "Let's Play Hockey" call before the 1 pm game against Arizona. Darwitz is also a former member of the Whitecaps.
Fans will be able to interact with representatives from the Whitecaps when they purchase game programs and raffle tickets during the game, and the Whitecaps will be the recipient of the Split the Pot raffle. In addition, the team will have a table set up on the concourse, where players and staff will be available throughout the game. There will be information about the team, including how to follow the Whitecaps on social media, where to purchase apparel, and how to support the team. As an independent nonprofit organization, the Whitecaps rely on the generosity of its supporters.
After the Wild game, the U.S. vs. Canada women's game in Plymouth, Michigan will be shown live on the video board in the arena. A number of Whitecaps will be in the lineup for Team USA. There will also be a panel chalk talk from 4-5 pm with Darwitz, Laura Halldorson who works with the Whitecaps, and Kristen Wright from USA Hockey.
Minnesota Hockey will then lead clinics for groups of U8 and U10 girls at 5 pm and 6:15 pm, respectively. On Sunday, there will be two more on-ice clinics at the Xcel Energy Center at 11 am and 12:15 pm. Several Whitecaps players will assist with each session of the clinics.
The Whitecaps would like to thank the Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Hockey, and Schwan's for supporting girls and women's hockey in Minnesota.
The press release for all of the activities for Girls Hockey Weekend can be seen here.
Whitecaps merchandise is available for a limited time by clicking here.