White Bear’s strong hockey tradition, history and passion dating back to 1912 served as inspiration in 2018 to bring Hockey Day MN to the community.
Site selection took the founding committee members and representatives of the MN Wild and Bally Sports North to four locations before landing on Polar Lakes Park in White Bear Township in the spring of 2020.
Jon Anderson and Corey Roberts started to build the local host committee in the summer of 2021 with the addition of Nick Guzzo to form the leadership team. Mike Schwartz, Matt Anfang, Greg Steiner, Randy Gallatin, Chad Marquardt, Lisa Beecroft, Lauren Pahl, Greg Bartz, Angela Cunningham, Zach Halverson, Ryan Carter, Carin Anderson, Brianne Hamm and Chris Schwab soon followed.
Our committee is focused on orchestrating a Hockey Day MN like no other that our partners and communities will be proud of.
Net proceeds will benefit the White Bear community and youth hockey.
Thanks to Wayne Peterson from the MN Wild and Bally Sports North for the partnership.
Thanks to all the employees and citizens of White Bear Township for the use of Polar Lakes Park.
You won’t want to miss Hockey Day MN 2023 January 23-29, 2023!
White Bear was one of the earliest communities in Minnesota to embrace the sport of hockey. By 1912 the White Bear Town Team included future hockey legend, Moose Goheen. Goheen would go on to play in the first Olympic Ice Hockey games in Antwerp in 1920 and be the second American player inducted into the International Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, just behind Hobey Baker. Games were played at the outdoor rink adjacent to Webster School; crowds came out to enjoy the show and cheer on the hometown team.
The Hippodrome, or the “Hipp,” where most of our young players learn to skate, was constructed as a Ramsey County Fair Exhibition building in 1926 and opened as an indoor rink that December. White Bear High School rostered its first team in 1927 and had some ups and downs in those early years. White Bear defenseman George Kieffer scored the first goal of the first game of the first Minnesota State High School Tournament, held at the St. Paul Auditorium in February of 1945 where the Bears faced Thief River Falls. They fell to the “Thieves,” as they were called locally, 3-2.
“Hockey Day was so much fun! So many amazing things and top notch staff! Thank you so much!!”– Cindy N.