Minnesota Hockey News: Lake Pokegama to host next year's Hockey Day in MinnesotaMinnesota Sports
-- On the heels of a very successful Hockey Day Minnesota this past weekend, organizers have announced next year's location site.
GRAND RAPIDS -- On the heels of a very successful Hockey Day Minnesota this past weekend, organizers have announced next year's location site.
The 2013 event will be held at Pokegama Lake in Grand Rapids. The exact date will be announced this summer. 2012's Hockey Day Minnesota raised more than $200,000 for Jack Jablonski, the high school hockey player paralyzed earlier this year.
The men's and women's Hockey Players of the Week in the MIAC have been announced. Saint John's junior goaltender J.D. Wells of Anoka is the men's honoree. He allowed only two goals on 45 shots over the course of two Johnnies wins over Concordia-Moorhead. St. Thomas senior forward Kaylee Keys of St. Paul is the women's weekly winner. She had three goals and an assist in a sweep over Saint Mary's.
The Wild have a game in Colorado tonight, the final contest prior to this weekend's NHL All-Star weekend festivities. Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo says it would be nice to get a win heading into the break because it would likely indicate another game of well played hockey. Those have been few and far between of late, but Saturday's 5-2 win over Dallas gave Yeo some reason for optimism. Tonight's game starts at 8 p.m.
Injured Benilde-St.Margaret's hockey player Jack Jablonski is beginning his next phase of recovery at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Jablonski was moved Monday from Hennepin County Medical Center to the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. The 16-year-old suffered a neck fracture after being checked from behind in a game December 30th that left him partially paralyzed. But Jablonski has been showing improved movement in his hands and arms - which doctors were not expecting. During an interview as part of Hockey Day Minnesota, Jablonski vowed that he'll skate again.