Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hockey Day Minnesota 2011

By all accounts, Hockey Day Minnesota 2011, hosted by our hockey community of Moorhead Minnesota, was a HUGE success.  The sun shone brightly and made it warm for the fans enjoying a full day of outdoor hockey.  But the warmth created a challenge for the players trying to play on ice that was a sloppy, mushy mess. 



  This is the official game program that my hubby and his uber talented graphic designer, Jena, created for the day.  Between her eye for design, and Rick's photos, I have to brag on them and say they created a beautiful commemorative piece.

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My job was to sift through the boxes, and boxes of history and memorabilia to piece together a comprehensive story of the history of hockey in Moorhead.  It took numerous hours, lots of editing and piecing time lines together, and the use of my good friend google when I got stuck.  

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We arrived at the rink early Saturday morning.
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Colton's team was the first to take the ice at 8:00 am.  It was chilly and we had to break out the hand warmers, but the air was electric with excitement for the events of the day.
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Rick took these photos of Colton and his team in dark blue.

Colton with the puck...


and he scores...

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Fox Sports North, or FSN broadcast the two high school games played.  Dick Bremer and Kevin Gorg were the announcers.
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At first I thought this was a replica of the rink- but duh, no, its a cake!  
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Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, with the ceremonial puck drop for the face-off. 
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Science lesson for you- did you know that ice painted blue melts faster than red or plain ice?  It wreaked much havoc around the goalie crease, and the blue line.  Co2 was brought out to try and "freeze" it but by this time not much could be done.  

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Our high school team, the Spuds, ranked number 15 were playing, Hill Murray, the number 1 ranked team in the state of Minnesota currently.  We were very pleased with how evenly the teams played, even though we lost 3-2.  

 We were so honored as a community to have been chosen to host this annual event in only its 5th year.    After taking in the whole experience you realize that your one piece in the puzzle, was just a fraction of the huge collaborative effort it took to make the day a great success.  It took thousands of volunteer hours, and hundreds of volunteers to make this day such a success, and we all felt really lucky to be a part of it.  



12 comments:

  1. How many hockey games are played outside? I wonder if it's something in the blue paint or the darker color that warms up faster? Weird.

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  2. Congratulations Vicky for the successful completion of this annual event !!.
    Ohh... I didn't know that blue ice melts faster. Thank you Vicky for this update.
    All the pics are panoramically beautiful with bright sun overhead and gorgeous shadows on the ice.

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  3. You get such amazing photos of these sporting events ... wasn't Saturday a beautiful day?!

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  4. Wow Vicky, all your photos are just great. It makes me feel like I'm right there. Thanks for sharing your weekend with us.

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  5. Looks like a day filled with family fun! Go SPUDS!

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  6. Love that skate flower pot and the cake....Wow! Great photos.

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  7. That was really interesting. Jeez, you "hockey people" are a special breed. 8am outside in bleachers surrounded by snow?
    Crazy. But what a great day it looked to be. Beautiful rink, great looking kids playing, and the little guys, awesome. What fun.

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  8. Totally Amazing! I love the Cake!!!

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  9. As much as I enjoyed all the hockey pics, I LOVED knowing about the work you put into the programs. Way to go you writer you :)

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  10. Go Colton!!!!!!!!!
    I left you a message on my blog, my friend. Love your blog tremendously!
    Love,
    Jackie

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  11. Cool cake!!! My boys loved the pictures. Looks like fun.

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