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Photos and video: 'Wild' night for North Shore and Duluth East youth hockey players

The Minnesota Wild brought a full production to the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center for local youth players to enjoy.

hockey mascot hypes crowd while skating with a flag
Minnesota Wild mascot Nordy hypes up the crowd while skating with a flag at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center on Tuesday ahead of the North Shore vs Duluth East Peewee B1 boys game, which was selected by the Minnesota Wild as their Youth Hockey Spotlight Game.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
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Peewee B1 boys hockey players with Duluth East and North Shore were in for a surprise when they arrived to the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center for their game Tuesday night.

The Minnesota Wild selected the matchup as for their Youth Hockey Spotlight. The idea is to provide the players and fans with many of the elements from a National Hockey League game.

Team locker rooms were Wild-themed, as each player received custom jerseys, nameplates and other items. The Wild's public address announcer, national anthem singer and mascot added to the atmosphere while former Wild players Wes Walz and Stephane Veilleux served as celebrity coaches.

North Shore and Duluth East played to a 4-4 tie, with Duluth East winning a special shootout. The Wild also visited the area Jan. 30, 2018, when Hermantown hosted Proctor for a Bantam B game.

fans spread out to form a tunnel for hockey players to walk through
Fans spread out and form a tunnel with elevated hockey sticks for players from the North Shore Peewee B1 boys team to enter through in the lobby at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. The Minnesota Wild surprised the peewee players from North Shore and Duluth East, selecting them for their Youth Hockey Spotlight Game.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
woman holds sign for hockey player son
DeeAnn Spoden, of Duluth, waits for the arrival of the Duluth East Peewee B1 boys hockey team while holding a sign for her son Carter Spoden, a defenseman on the team, in the lobby at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. The North Shore vs Duluth East Peewee B1 matchup was selected by the Minnesota Wild as their Youth Hockey Spotlight Game. Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
hockey jersey hanging in locker stall and special name plate
A special nameplate above the player stall for Noah Metzger of the North Shore Peewee B1 boys hockey team as seen Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022 at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center. The name plates were part of the surprise for the players as the North Shore vs Duluth East Peewee B1 game was selected by the Minnesota Wild as their Youth Hockey Spotlight Game.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
hockey players line up for national anthem
Players from the Duluth East, left, and North Shore, right, Peewee B1 teams line up on the blue lines while Minnesota Wild mascot Nordy stands at center ice for the national anthem at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. The game was selected by the Minnesota Wild as their Youth Spotlight Game.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
minnesota duluth head coach scott sandelin speaks into a microphone
Minnesota Duluth head coach Scott Sandelin delivers the "Let’s Play Hockey" announcement ahead of the Minnesota Wild Youth Spotlight Game between the North Shore and Duluth East Peewee B1 boys hockey teams at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
youth hockey players line up on the ice
Members of the Duluth East Peewee B1 boys hockey team line up for pregame introductions ahead of their game against the North Shore Peewee B1 boys at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. The game was selected by the Minnesota Wild as their Youth Hockey Spotlight Game.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
hockey team gathers around their bench and listens to coaches
Members of the North Shore Peewee B1 boys hockey team gather around their bench before their game against the Duluth East Peewee B1 boys at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. The game was selected by the Minnesota Wild as their Youth Hockey Spotlight Game. Former Wild forward Stephane Veilleux, top left, served as a celebrity coach.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
hockey coach stands on bench watching the game
Former Minnesota Wild forward Stephane Veilleux looks on from the bench of the North Shore Peewee B1 boys team at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. Veilleux served as a celebrity coach for the game, which was selected by the Minnesota Wild as their Youth Hockey Spotlight Game.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
hockey coach stands on bench
Former Minnesota Wild center and current television analyst Wes Walz looks on from the bench of the Duluth East Peewee B1 boys team at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. Walz served as a celebrity coach for the game, which was selected by the Minnesota Wild as their Youth Hockey Spotlight Game.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
young girl looks up at sports team mascot
Maya Witty, 9, of Two Harbors, looks up at Minnesota Wild mascot Nordy while preparing to take a photo during the first intermission of the Duluth East vs North Shore Peewee B1 boys hockey game at the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

Dan Williamson joined the Duluth News Tribune in June 2021 where he's involved in digital content such as video, photos and podcasts. Previously, he worked in television broadcasting as a Sports Director/Anchor at WDIO-TV in Duluth, Sports Director/Anchor in Bismarck, N.D., News and Sports Anchor at KSAX-TV in Alexandria, and Reporter/Photographer/Editor with the syndicated show "Life to the Max" in Eden Prairie. He was also the Development Director for the Duluth Salvation Army. Williamson grew up in Alexandria, graduated from St. Cloud State University and has lived in Duluth since 2012.
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