Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/8/11
The Minnesota Wild announced that the team will hold a special pre-game tribute to former player Derek Boogaard on Sunday, November 27 against the Calgary Flames. The family of Derek Boogaard including parents Joanne and Len, and siblings Aaron, Krysten and Ryan are scheduled to be in attendance. A Derek Boogaard tribute video will be shown during the pre-game ceremony. The Wild will also make a special donation to Defending The Blue Line, a non-profit charitable foundation whose mission is to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in hockey. In addition, a Boogaard tribute will be added to the Xcel Energy Center main concourse, near Gate 3, adjacent to a similar tribute to former Wild player Sergei Zholtok. All fans attending the game will receive a Derek Boogaard poster featuring a re-production of a painting of Boogaard by sports artist Robert Blehert. The Wild is also offering a special 45 lower level ticket for military personnel to attend the Nov. 27 game. Military tickets can be purchased at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office or at wild.com. A limited number of military tickets are available for this game. The team will also unveil a commemorative Boogaard tribute t-shirt and puck along with releasing a limited number of Boogaard autographed items and game worn jerseys on Nov. 27. Proceeds from the sale of these items will benefit Defending The Blue Line.
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