Jon Anderson discusses helping put together 2023 Hockey Day Minnesota event for White Bear area

The former White Bear Lake High School and University of Minnesota forward is one of the organizers for the 2023 Hockey Day Minnesota event that will take place in White Bear Township. Anderson also talks about his playing career with The Rink Live's Jess Myers and Mick Hatten.

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Jon Anderson is one of the organizers for the 2023 Hockey Day Minnesota event in White Bear Lake. A former White Bear Lake and University of Minnesota (1986-90) hockey player, Anderson discusses the event, where it will be, how teams and cities are chosen for the event, his playing career and more with The Rink Live's Jess Myers and Mick Hatten.

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2023 Hockey Day Minnesota map
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3:45 Hockey Day Minnesota 2023

5:45 What is the process and how long does it take for a city to be selected to host at Hockey Day? How it ended up being in White Bear Township on two soccer fields


8:20 Why is it not being played on a lake?

9:45 Was there a group from White Bear Lake that went to the event in Mankato? Learning from the organizers in Mankato

11:20 How much the event has grown over the last 20 years

12:30 Where will the players put their uniforms on? What is the setup?

13:45 How the Hockey Day matchups were chosen for Jan. 28 — White Bear Lake vs. Stillwater girls, 1 p.m. Hermantown vs. Mahtomedi boys, 4:30 p.m. Hill-Murray vs. White Bear Lake boys, Minnesota Wild vs. Buffalo Sabres

17:00 What is the process of getting the ice and the boards set up?

18:32 Getting the character of White Bear Lake to the event venue, viewing space for up to 10,000 fans

20:40 How much the event costs a community and where it comes from?


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Jon Anderson (center) celebrates a goal against Harvard for the University of Minnesota with Gophers teammate Pete Hankinson (9) in the 1989 NCAA Division I men's hockey championship game on April 1, 1989, at St. Paul Civic Center.<br/>
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21:50 Playing forward for the Gophers from 1986-90, being a walk-on, playing goalie against Wisconsin on the JV, scoring a hat trick in NCAA semifinals game

25:20 Getting by without being a great skater, going to college straight from White Bear Lake High School

26:45 How he's been involved in hockey since graduating from college

27:40 Coaching style of former coach Doug Woog

29:00 Running into Hill-Murray when he played for White Bear Lake

29:50 How to get involved with Hockey Day Minnesota


Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014.
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