Bemidji State University and the Sanford Center are holding the 2nd Annual Native Nations Night. Former Native hockey star, Henry Boucha is scheduled to attend.
On February 28, 2014, fans will watch the BSU men’s hockey team play the University of Alabama Huntsville. The puck drops at 7:37 p.m at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minnesota.
Billed as "a night to honor the Native Peoples and heritage of the Bemidji region," the event features discount tickets for all tribal members at $12 for adults and $5 for age 17 and younger.
For the inaugural event last year, in which BSU and Sanford Center honored Natives, all three tribal chairs, Red Lake Chairman Floyd Jourdain, Jr., White Earth Chair Erma Vizenor, and Leech Lake Chairwoman Carri Jones participated in a ceremonial puck-drop.
"I'm currently working with Royce/Mark Kingbird to book the drum group for this as we did last year,” said Cyrus Pansch, director of marketing and sales for the Sanford Center. “And [we] are also working to invite the Tribal Chairs to this game to participate for our ceremonial puck-drop as they did last year."
In addition, there will be a special guest appearance by American Indian hockey star Henry Boucha, Olympic champion, who will sign and sell his new book, "Henry Boucha, Ojibwa: Native American Olympian." Boucha was a silver medalist with the men’s US hockey team in 1972.
In 1971, Boucha was drafted 16th overall by the Detroit Red Wings. He finished his career in 1976 due to an injury. He is in the US Hockey Hall of Fame.
Boucha is enrolled at NW Angle #37 at Windigo Island on Lake of the Woods, which is part of Treaty #3. He is Bear Clan, a Pipe Carrier and tries to practice his culture and traditions. He grew up in Warroad, Minnesota, and is full-blooded Ojibwe.
Boucha is a motivational speaker, and his main topics of concern are drug and alcohol abuse, goal-setting, obesity and suicide. He hopes to make a difference with American Indian youth by telling his own story.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact Tony at (218) 441-4018.