On Saturday, FSN North will broadcast 16 hours of hockey for its "Hockey Day in Minnesota" effort with the Minnesota Wild. PucKato thinks this is a pretty cool venture, as it features a couple of outdoor high school games played on Baudette Bay in Lake of the Woods.
The TV schedule goes like this:
10 a.m., Eveleth High School vs. Lake of the Woods High School on Baudette Bay
1 p.m., St. Thomas Academy vs. Hill-Murray at Xcel Energy Center
5 p.m., Minnesota Wild vs. New York Islanders at Xcel Energy Center
8 p.m., University of Minnesota vs. Denver at Magness Arena
11 p.m., Roseau High School vs. Blaine High School on Baudette Bay (tape delay)
Timeout. What's that fourth game? Minnesota AT Denver? Colorado? That's is part of this? Isn't this supposed to be Hockey Day IN Minnesota? There's only one Division I hockey team playing in the state that day, and that's Minnesota State, which is hosting Alaska-Anchorage.
Why not add the Mavericks to the in-state game to the coverage?
Better yet, get all of the in-state college teams involved in HDIM. Make sure that Minnesota State, Minnesota, St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth are all playing against each other that weekend. That shouldn't be too hard to do within the WCHA schedule, should it? Get some coverage from Bemidji State, too.
This would also be a perfect place to institute a Minnesota version of the Beanpot, which began last night in Boston -- something a little more intriguing than the DQ Cup, anyway.