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.
Herb Brooks Award
The Herb Brooks award is to be given to the most qualified hockey players in the state tournament who strongly represents the values, characteristics, and traits that defined Herb Brooks. This prestigious award will commemorate the unending influence Herb Brooks had on the sport of hockey in Minnesota and throughout the world.
Youth Hockey Hall of Fame
The Herb Brooks Foundation has established an Internet-based, Minnesota Youth Hockey Hall of Fame. Individuals—folks highly devoted to youth hockey development—are nominated and inducted into the Hall at the annual awards celebration. Organizations are eligible, too.
Herb Brooks Golf Classic
Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Coach Brooks as well as meet some of the biggest names in hockey, all while have a great time at the annual Herb Brooks Golf Classic!