ST. PAUL, Minn. When Saturday hits, thousands of people in Minnesota will be thinking about hockey, although this won't be any old Saturday in the "State of Hockey."
Many people have been thinking about and planning for Saturday for a long time a couple years in fact.
Saturday is Hockey Day in Minnesota 2013. The day will feature three high school games played outdoors on Lake Pokegama, a University of Minnesota game at Mariucci Arena and a Minnesota Wild NHL game at the Xcel Energy Center. Including coverage of all five games, FOX Sports North will air more than 21 consecutive hours of hockey-related programming. Grand Rapids has been working toward Saturday for more than two years since the city was named the 2013 host of the seventh-annual event.
"It's a labor of love," said FOX Sports North's John Stroh, who's been a part of each of the first six Hockey Days in Minnesota as a producer for the outdoor high school games.
To bring viewers and hockey fans hours of games and storie...