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Wild players headed to St. Paul Park to help raise money for Wolfpack hockey

Local youth hockey players are about to get a big boost from some big names in the Twin Cities sports world.

Minnesota Wild players and the hosts of the popular KFAN radio Power Trip Morning Show --including former Minnesota Viking Mike Morris -- will be at the St. Paul Park American Legion Post 98 on Monday morning to help raise funds for the Park Girls' Hockey Booster Club and badly needed refurbishment of St. Paul Park's lone outdoor skating rink.

St. Paul Park Mayor Keith Franke, a Minnesota Wild season ticket holder, led the way in putting together the June 25 event.

Franke says he won a drawing held by the team for a visit from players. But, he saw more than just an opportunity to rub shoulders with National Hockey League players - Franke said he wanted to turn it into an event that would benefit the community.

"And I flipped it into a fundraiser," Franke said.

The pancake breakfast is set to run from 6-9 a.m. at the American Legion post, located at 328 Broadway Avenue; tickets are $20 per adult and $5 for kids 12-and-under. It will feature appearances by at least two Wild players, a Wild alumni and one of the team's broadcasters.

Attendees will also be able to bid on a trove of memorabilia, including team-signed hockey sticks and an autographed jersey, in addition to local business gift certificates.

Franke, whose daughter plays hockey, said the event presents a great chance to help other local youth players.

"In St. Paul Park, we don't have our own hockey association -- all our kids play in Cottage Grove," Franke said. "We do really great with our football and baseball fields, and I just felt... we could somehow come up with some funds to allocate [toward the rink] without burdening taxpayers."