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Hockey Day announcement scheduled for Thursday at Bayfront

Duluth Mayor Don Ness will headline a Thursday morning news conference at Bayfront Festival Park formally unveiling plans for the 2016 version of Hockey Day Minnesota.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness will headline a Thursday morning news conference at Bayfront Festival Park formally unveiling plans for the 2016 version of Hockey Day Minnesota.

Ness, along with representatives from the Minnesota Wild, Fox Sports North - including on-air personality Anthony LaPanta - Minnesota Hockey and the local organizing committee, will reveal the host site. As first reported by the News Tribune earlier this month, the 10th annual all-day puck bonanza is widely expected to come to Bayfront, likely on Feb. 6, with the Duluth East and Duluth Denfeld boys teams serving as co-hosts.

Indeed, mascots and players from both schools will be present during Thursday’s announcement, according to a news release disseminated Tuesday.

Sources confirmed earlier this month that local organizers were working with FSN and the Wild to finalize a plan that would bring Hockey Day to Duluth for the first time. It was last held in the Northland in 2013 when Grand Rapids played host on a frigid Pokegama Lake. Hermantown had the honor in 2010.

Bayfront, though, figures to offer a wholly unique setup - if the weather cooperates, that is. If not, look for the prep games to be moved to the Heritage Center.

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While opponents for Denfeld and East are being finalized, it is expected the Greyhounds will hook up with Lakeville North in a rematch of last March’s Class AA state title game, won 4-1 by the Panthers.

The local organizing committee, comprised heavily of members from the Piedmont Hockey Association and Glen Avon Hockey Club, first started pursuing Hockey Day about two years ago.

The event was hosted by St. Paul’s Holman Field Airport last winter.

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