People planning to line the streets of St. Paul for Saturday's Greatest Day Celebration parade will be treated to floatloads of Minnesota hockey greats in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice."
Saturday will mark 40 years to the day that the 1980 U.S. Olympic men's hockey team stunned the Soviet Union and went on to win the gold medal in Lake Placid, New York. Unfortunately, the majority of the players from the iconic team won't be at the parade. Instead, they'll be in Las Vegas being honored at T-Mobile Arena before Saturday night's game between the Golden Knights and Florida Panthers.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, 18 of the 20 players from the team will be in attendance in Vegas, the exceptions being Bob Suter, who died in 2014, and Mark Pavelich, who was recently ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial following assault charges in northern Minnesota.
But the St. Paul parade will feature dozens of past and present Minnesota hockey stars, who will join more than 1,200 youth hockey players from around the Twin Cities. Twins stars of past, Kent Hrbek and Tim Laudner, will also join.
Other celebrities in the parade:
- John Mayasich, Dick Meredith and Jack McCarten, who played on the 1960 Olympic team that won the gold medal.
- NHL alumni: Scott Bjugstad, Jim Boo, Paul Broten, Henry Boucha, Bill Butters, Jack Carlson, Curt Dahlquist, Dave Hanson, Christian Hanson, Reed Larson, Brad Maxwell, Lou Nanne, Steve Payne, Mike Peluso, Tom Reid, Neil Sheehy, Bill Watson, Carl Wetzel and Rick Zemlock
- Wild owner Craig Leipold
- Wild GM Bill Guerin
- Fox Sports North/ex-NHLers: Tom Chorske, Ryan Carter, John deCausmeaker, Kevin Gorg
- U.S. women's Olympic hockey players: Gigi Marvin and Krissy Wendell-Pohl
- Dave Hanson and Jack Hanson from the movie "Slap Shot."
- Herb Brooks' family: Dave and Karen Brooks.
After the parade, celebrities will be available for autographs at CHS Field.