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The 12th annual Hockey Day Minnesota is coming up this weekend ... app -- allowing members of the State of Hockey to experience its premier event from their homes. Fans can download the FOX Sports VR app from the App Store, and can experience a stadium ...

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The 12th annual Hockey Day Minnesota is coming up this weekend, Jan19-20Here are 12 things you need to know before the puck drops at Lake George in StCloud.  1All of Saturday's games will be broadcast on FOX Sports North, and will allow fans to access the events via virtual reality (VR) technology. All five games Saturday will be broadcast via FOX Sports North, FOX Sports North PLUS and the FOX Sports GO appAdditionally, fans can access the events with a new virtual reality app -- allowing members of the State of Hockey to experience its premier event from their homes. Fans can download the FOX Sports VR app from the App Store, and can experience a stadium suite and 180 degree views from the outdoor games in StCloud over a smartphone or tabletThis is the first year that any type of interactive VR app will be available for Hockey Day Minnesota events. FOX Sports GO will also offer eight unique stories as part of 14 hours of original Hockey Day Minnesota content, including features on Minnesota Wild players Matt Cullen and Jason Zucker as well as inspirational hockey figures.2Four live artists will perform over the course of the two days, culminating in a concert that is free to the public Saturday night. For the first time in its history, Hockey Day Minnesota will feature live music throughout its two days at Lake George. On Saturday, Jan20, Andy Austin and Walter's Wheelhouse will perform between games for fans who have tickets to the eventsAt the end of the day, The Fabulous Armadillos will play from 7-10 p.min a free concert open to the public. The Shalo Lee Band will also perform Friday night following the StCloud State University Alumni Game at an exclusive VIP party. 3Tickets are still available to both days of Hockey Day Minnesota, as well as the Minnesota Wild game Jan20. Still haven't bought a ticket to Hockey Day? There are still tickets available for sale online. Tickets can also be bought on-site at Lake George on Jan19 and 20. To cap off Hockey Day Minnesota 2018, the Minnesota Wild will welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to Xcel Energy Center in StPaulTickets are also still available here for this game against one of the top teams in the NHL.4You won't go hungry at Hockey Day. Several food trucks, including Original Hockey Mom Brownies, will be parked in a designated food truck area at Lake George and ready to offer up warm snacksThe food trucks are just a short walk from the outdoor rink and stage area. 5More than 90 StCloud State alumni will suit up and take the ice Friday night. Bret Hedican and Mark Parrish will captain the two teams, composed of StCloud State alumni ranging from the Class of 1964 through the Class of 2017.Women will play in the first period while men will play in the second and third periodsThe alumni game will follow a girls' high school game between the StCloud Icebreakers and Sartell/Sauk Rapids Storm'n Sabres on Jan19. HOCKEY DAY MINNESOTA 2018 GAMES FOR FRIDAY, JAN19 TIME GAME VENUE 5 p.m. StCloud Ice Breakers vsSartell/Sauk Rapids Storm'n Sabres - High School Girls Lake George, StCloud 7:30 p.m. StCloud State University Alumni Lake George, StCloud 6Hockey Day 2018 will see the first outdoor women's collegiate game in the event's history. Stillwater, home of Hockey Day Minnesota in 2017, hosted the first-ever women's Hockey Day collegiate gameStCloud is continuing the tradition but will take the contest outside for the first time. The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs will visit the hometown StCloud State University Huskies as both teams look to finish their seasons strongMany of the women grew up playing pick-up hockey outside, and welcome the chance to do so and represent women's hockey on a bigger stage. The Bulldogs and Huskies face off at 1 p.mSaturday in the second game of their weekend WCHA series. 7Meanwhile, the second of two boys' high school matchups features two teams ranked in the top 15 in Minnesota. The Moorhead Spuds, most recently ranked 13th, and the Centennial Cougars, ranked No8, will take the ice at 4:30 p.mon Jan20 for what promises to be a high-stakes game. In 2004, the teams met in the State Championship game, which Centennial wonSince then, the series has moved back and forth as the two talented teams look to cement their legaciesThis is Centennial's first Hockey Day appearance, while Moorhead has appeared previously as the host city in 2011.8Parking will be available around downtown StCloud, as well as free shuttles to take fans to Lake George. There will be street parking in the neighborhoods surrounding Lake GeorgeThe Tech High School booster club will also have two large Tech High School lots available for parking for $5.Otherwise, fans can park at almost any parking lot or ramp in downtown StCloud and catch the official HDM free shuttle that will run continuouslyTo check out the shuttle routes, click here. Tweet from @HockeyDayMN: �� Check out a sneak peek of the rink at Lake George before #HDM2018 presby @WellsFargo, thanks to can stay warm outside thanks to a unique Hockey Day Minnesota blend from Caribou Coffee. Hockey Day Minnesota Blend will be available to purchase starting Wednesday, Jan17 on Caribou Coffee's website, and at four Caribou Coffee locations in StCloud starting Jan19Hockey Day Minnesota Blend will also be brewed at Hockey Day Minnesota events on Jan19 and 20.Caribou Coffee will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of this blend to the StCloud Youth Hockey AssociationFans can also purchase commemorative 12 ozbags of Hockey Day Minnesota Blend on site during Hockey Day Minnesota.10And speaking of staying warm … The forecast predicts comparatively warm temperatures Friday and Saturday, which could break the previous record for warmest Hockey Day (StPaul in 2015 saw the mercury hit 38 degrees). With a cloudy weekend and low chance of precipitation, the weather seems ideal for outdoor pucksWeekend temperatures are forecast to range between 22 and 40 degrees, so layer up.HOCKEY DAY MINNESOTA 2018 GAMES FOR SATURDAY, JAN20 TIME GAME VENUE CH. 10 a.m. StCloud vsStCloud Cathedral - High School Boys Lake George, StCloud FSN 1 p.m. StCloud State vsUniversity Minnesota-Duluth - Women's Lake George, StCloud FSN 4:30 p.m. Moorhead vsCentennial - High School Boys Lake George, StCloud FSN 5 p.m. Minnesota StUnivMankato vs. StCloud State - Men's Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, StCloud FSN+ 8 p.m. Minnesota Wild vsTampa Bay Lightning Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul FSN 11Hockey Day Minnesota 2018 apparel will be available on-site starting Jan19. Official Hockey Day apparel, including sweatshirts, hats and commemorative pucks will be on sale adjacent to the outdoor rink at Lake George and in a heated tent at nearby Eastman Park.12After things wrap up in StCloud, the action moves to StPaul as the Wild takes the ice. Saturday's game will be the second time the Wild and Tampa Bay Lightning clash this seasonOn Dec23, the teams played a hard-fought battle in Tampa, though the floodgates opened in the last few minutes of the third period and saw the Lightning come out on top.The Wild will look to turn things around as it gains home-ice advantageNot only has it gone 12-1-2 at home since Nov14, but it has also posted an all-time record of 8-2-1 in Hockey Day games.Over 185,000 Wild fans have attended Hockey Day games at Xcel Energy Center since it began in 2007.Related: Hockey Day Minnesota broadcast details StCloud's proud history takes center stage 0 Comments Hide Comments View Less × Share this!! 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