August 24, 2005 - Hutchinson, Minnesota - Day 13
Day 13 of the Wells Fargo State of Hockey Flag Tour and Relay headed out to Hutchinson on Wednesday. Dwayne Roloson and Mike Greenlay were with the group again to finish out this year’s tour. We were greeted by many Wild fans in the Wells Fargo parking lot on Main Street. The Hutchinson Youth Hockey Association had its hockey shooting game ready for the kids in the parking lot. Dwayne and Mike would each take their turn at the game by the end of the day. During the event, Roloson and Greenlay would give away many State of Hockey car flags, sign autographs, pose for pictures, conduct newspaper and radio interviews and record radio liners for KDUZ. Hutchinson once again proved to be a great stop on the tour and was a fitting finish to the tour this year.
Our camera crew was in Hutchinson to help get some shots of the flag relay for our opening night video. The kids were eager to participate and get the chance to be a part of the video. We took some shots along Main Street before ending the day by giving all of the kids a State of Hockey t-shirt.
The 15x25 foot State of Hockey flag is starting to fill up with signatures from hockey fans throughout the state, but there is still plenty of room for all of our fans who will check us out at the 2005 Minnesota State Fair. Thanks to all of the Wild fans across the State of Hockey for visiting us the past 13 days!
August 23, 2005 - Owatonna, Minnesota - Day 12
Owatonna, Minnesota was the site for Tuesday’s tour stop, as Wild goalie Dwayne Roloson, television analyst Mike Greenlay and Chairman Bob Naegele, Jr. traveled to the home of the Huskies and not only enjoyed the wonderful weather, but also the company of local hockey fans.
Our friends at Wells Fargo held the tour stop set up in a fantastic location - Owatonna’s historic Central Park - which has served as a public square of sorts since 1855. Roloson, Greenlay and Naegele, Jr. each signed autographs in the park’s band stand and posed for pictures with local fans, some of whom said they drove two hours to be at the event.
Some enthusiastic Huskies took part in the Flag Relay after the signing, rounding out a fabulous day in Owatonna. The tour will visit Hutchinson, Minn., Wednesday for it’s final stop before bringing the flag back to St. Paul for the State Fair Thursday.
August 22, 2005 - Red Wing, Minnesota - Day 11
Stop number 11 for the Wells Fargo State of Hockey Flag Tour and Relay was Red Wing, Minn., where this summer they are not only celebrating the return of the NHL, but also the 100th birthday of Red Wing Shoe Co! Wild All-Star goalie Dwayne Roloson and radio play-by-play announcer Bob Kurtz were greeted graciously by the town’s most avid fans, who showed up early to the town’s Wells Fargo branch, where they also received a free gift from our friends at Comcast.
After signing autographs for fans and posing for pictures with the fine folks at Wells Fargo, it was off to Red Wing’s scenic Levee Park for the Flag Relay portion of the stop. The Mississippi River provided the perfect backdrop as dozens of excited youth hockey players and their families handed off the State of Hockey Flag.
With that, we bid adieu to Red Wing and headed back to St. Paul to prepare for tomorrow’s tour stop in Owatonna, home of the Huskies, where Roloson will be joined by Wild radio analyst Tom Reid, television analyst Mike Greenlay and Wild Chairman Bob Naegele, Jr.