The Greatest Day Celebration will honor St. Paul’s Own Herb Brooks, Head Coach of the 1980 U.S. Men’s Gold Medal Winning Olympic Hockey Team. The celebration kicks off with a morning of hockey games, showcasing youth teams as they recreate the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic tournament, each representing one of the 12 competing nations.
At 1 p.m., Meteorologist Wren Clair will grand marshal the parade starting in Rice Park through the heart of St. Paul. The parade will be led by the University of Minnesota Marching Band and features youth, high school, college, current and past amateur and professional hockey organizations, plus floats featuring all the groups that make Saint Paul—in the State of Hockey—one of the greatest cities in America.
The parade ends at CHS Field where the celebration will conclude with a Parade of Nations, on-ice ceremony, autograph session and final youth hockey game highlighting USA vs. USSR. The parade ends with an Olympic-style Opening Ceremony at CHS Field, home of Destination Winter St. Paul, showcasing youth teams representing the 12 nations that competed at Lake Placid in 1980. Youth hockey teams will re-create the 1980 Lake Placid tournament with players wearing jerseys from the 12 competing nations.
There will be a post-tournament autograph session in the Securian Financial Club at CHS Field with Minnesota Olympians and other hockey stars is available for all kids in attendance.
General Admission to CHS Field events that day is FREE.