The Minnesota Wild, Let's Play Hockey and Minnesota Hockey will partner for the 11th straight year for the annual Used Hockey Equipment Drive across the Twin Cities. Berger Transfer will place drop-off boxes at select arenas and hockey shops starting Friday, Sept. 13 through Thursday, Oct. 10.
From 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Oct. 12, thousands of pieces of donated equipment will be distributed free to hockey associations and individuals at Xcel Energy Center. Goalie equipment, sticks and helmets are always the most in need.
Drop-off locations this year include: Ames Arena (Lakeville), Apple Valley Sports Arena, Bloomington Ice Garden, Braemar Arena, Burnsville Ice Center, Eagan Civic Arena, HealthEast Sports Center (Woodbury), Minnetonka Ice Arena, Super Rink (Blaine), St. Croix Valley Recreation Center (Stillwater), St. Louis Park Recreation Center, Tartan Arena, White Bear Lake Sports Center and Westwood Sports in Apple Valley.
"There are a lot of families out there who could really utilize gently used equipment that other families no longer need," said Bryan Zollman, publisher of Let's Play Hockey. "Our goal is to help give as many kids as possible the opportunity to play this great sport. The used hockey equipment drive helps families get involved and stay involved in the game."
Sponsors and partners for the program include: Berger Transfer, Herb Brooks Foundation, Let's Play Hockey, Minnesota High School Hockey Coaches Association, Minnesota Hockey, Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association, Minnesota Wild and Westwood Sports.