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Injured Hockey Player Matt Olson will drop puck at U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Women’s Face-Off Classic Nov. 6

Blaine, Minn. (October 24, 2017) -- Matt Olson, who suffered a spinal cord injury last year while playing junior hockey, is scheduled to drop the puck at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Women’s Face-Off Classic, Monday, Nov. 6 at Isanti County Arena in Isanti, Minn. Game time is 6 p.m.

The contest between Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota Duluth will be played in the same arena Olson skated in while growing up.

“I spent a lot of hours there,” he said. “I’m a little anxious about going back, but I’m looking forward to seeing familiar faces.”

The Cambridge-Isanti hockey community has rallied behind putting on this benefit game to raise money for Olson, who is rehabilitating at his parents’ home, just a short distance from the arena.

“It means a lot to me to have my hometown community supporting me,” Olson said. “I know it takes a lot of hard work to plan and organize an event like this. I appreciate everyone who is making it possible. I’m also excited for the community to come together and see a college game and a junior game in our rink.”

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and will be available at the arena beginning at 5 p.m. on Nov. 6.

A specially designed t-shirt will be sold at the event, with all proceeds going to Olson.

There will also be a silent auction and a chance to have a picture taken with Herb Brooks’ 1980 Olympic Gold Medal.

After the college game, featuring two of the top teams from the Women’s League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), there will be a junior game with teams from the league Olson played in when he was injured.

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