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Minnesota Wild Fan Fest to be held June 24

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Ok folks, here's your chance to get involved at the draft, even if you didn't get tickets. Oh, and you can meet Mikael Granlund and beg him to change his mind.

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced today that the team will hold a Fan Fest on Friday, June 24 from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront located at 11 East Kellogg Boulevard in downtown St. Paul. Hosted by Wells Fargo, this exciting new event will feature attractions for hockey fans of all ages.

Highlights of the Minnesota Wild Fan Fest include:

  • State of Hockey Exhibit Hall featuring autographs, hockey exhibits and interactive hockey games  
  • Breakout sessions and autographs with hockey dignitaries covering a wide range of topics
  • The Warming House Theater will show two critically acclaimed hockey films: "The Code - The Unwritten Rules of Fighting and Retaliation in the NHL" and "Pond Hockey - A Documentary Film"

Hockey dignitaries scheduled to appear include*: Gary Bettman, Brian Bonin, Scotty Bowman, Karyn Bye-Dietz, Jack Carlson, Tom Chorske, Cal Clutterbuck, Mikael Granlund, John Harrington, Darby Hendrickson, Phil Housley, Willard Ikola, Antti Laaksonen, Craig Leipold, Gigi Marvin, Brad Maxwell, Lou Nanne, J.P. Parise, Shjon Podein, Tom Reid, Brad Staubitz, Clayton Stoner, Wes Walz and Doug Woog.    

*The appearance schedule is subject to change. Visit for an updated list of hockey legends scheduled to appear at the Minnesota Wild Fan Fest.

General public Fan Fest tickets are $20 and can be purchased exclusively on www.wild.comstarting on Wednesday, June 1. Tickets can also be purchased on June 24 starting at 11 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Minnesota Wild Foundation.

Visit the 2011 NHL Draft Central page on for more information on the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24 and 25.

So, who's planning on attending?