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MIAC teams St. John's, Augsburg will play one another as part of Hockey Day Minnesota

Auggies, Johnnies will play at 5:45 p.m. Jan. 27 in White Bear Township

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2023 Hockey Day Minnesota logo
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WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. — Two MIAC men's hockey teams will play one another as part of the 2023 Hockey Day Minnesota event.

St. John's University will play Augsburg University at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Polar Lakes Park in White Bear Township. It will be the first MIAC game to be held as part of Hockey Day Minnesota and the second to feature NCAA Division III teams. St. Thomas played Wisconsin-Sout in 2017 at Xcel Energy Centerl.

Hockey Day Minnesota was established in 2007.

"The games between Augsburg and St. John's are always fast, skilled and physical," Augsburg head coach Greg May said in a news release. "The rivalry has been magnified the last handful of years as we have played in a couple epic overtime games in the finals of the MIAC playoffs.

"Having the opportunity to showcase not only our rivalry, but Division III — and specifically the MIAC — as part of of Hockey Day Minnesota is an honor."

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Augsburg has won 11 MIAC regular season titles and five conference playoff titles. Augsburg was 14-2-0 in the MIAC, 25-5-0 overall and reached the Division III playoffs for the fifth time in seven years.

St. John's has won nine MIAC regular season titles, including five since 2002-03, and five MIAC playoff titles. St. John's has competed in the Division III tournament six times and were 9-4-1 in the MIAC and 17-8-2 overall last season.

"I have been trying to get involved with the Hockey Day Minnesota festivities for years and I am very excited that we will be part of the event this year," said St. John's head coach Doug Schueller, a White Bear Lake High School graduate. "This will be a great event for not only SJU and Augsburg, but also to promote and bring awareness to MIAC hockey. We want to show the State of Hockey that the MIAC and NCAA Division III hockey is entertaining and a great option for hockey fans around the state."

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.

While the first game of their MIAC series will be played on Friday in White Bear Township, the second game will be played at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud. Both games will be available on the their respective school's athletic websites. Augsburg will have the Friday game at athletics.augsburg.edu and St. John's will have the Saturday game at gojohnnies.com .

On Saturday, Jan. 28, there will be three high school games at Polar Lakes Park: Stillwater vs. White Bear Lake girls at 9:30 a.m.; Hermantown vs. Mahtomedi boys at 1 p.m. and Hill-Murray vs. White Bear Lake boys at 4:30 p.m.

The last game of the day will be the Minnesota Wild vs. the Buffalo Sabres at 8 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center.

For more information on 2023 Hockey Day Minnesota, visit https://hockeydaymn.com .

The annual one-day celebration of hockey in the state will be coming to one of the northernmost communities in the state in early 2024, as officials from the Minnesota Wild announced the awarding of Hockey Day Minnesota to Hockeytown USA.

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, 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. mhatten@forumcomm.com
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