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Minnesota National Guard
The American Patriot Program and Minnesota Wild to Honor Purple Heart Recipient

TAPP and The Minnesota Wild NHL hockey team will be honoring a Purple Heart recipient of the Minnesota Army National Guard with the American Patriot Award during a December 20th Wild game

 A spokesman from The American Patriot Program (TAPP) has announced that its Operation Fire and Ice Tour will be making a stop at the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota on December 20th for a special award presentation of its hockey themed American Patriot Award
The Columbus Blue Jackets hosted TAPP's inaugural Fire and Ice event on November 10th  USMC Veteran and Purple Heart recipient Greg Hughes was presented with the Vaughn Hockey crafted American Patriot Goalie Stick Award during a Blue Jackets vs St Louis Blues match up
In solidarity with the Minnesota Wild and in cooperation with the Minnesota Army National Guard and the Governor’s Office of the State of Minnesota- TAPP will be honoring United States Army National Guard Veteran (Ret) and Purple Heart recipient Sgt Michael A Peterson with the American Patriot Award

The Minnesota Army National Guard nominated Peterson, a Pequot Lakes, MN resident for the American Patriot Award  Peterson is TAPP's second official American Patriot Goalie Stick Award recipient of the 2010-2011 NHL award season

Serving with the Minnesota National Guard's Alpha Company 134th Brigade Support Battalion during the Operation Iraqi Freedom campaign on March 23rd, 2007 Sgt Peterson, along with two other members of his unit; Emily Pesta and Ryan Sabinish, were traveling near the vicinity of Nasiriyah when their Humvee hit an explosively formed penetrator (EFP)  Shrapnel blasted through the vehicle and sent glass and metal fragments into Sgt Peterson's face and neck regions while also sustaining additional injuries to his back

The American Patriot Award will be presented to Sgt Peterson in the presence of his two sons during an on-ice award presentation after the first period of play during the Wild vs Flames tilt

Former NHL player and current Fox Sports North analyst Tom Chorske and Vaughn Hockey's Scott Hughes will be presenting the award  Chorske, along with former NHL players; Jason Zent, Paul Ranheim, and 1980 Olympic Gold Medalist Jim Craig- have played an integral role in seeing 'Fire and Ice' realized following TAPP's MLB award season

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has also drafted an official certificate of recognition that will be presented during a pregame presentation  TAPP's Pleasantry Team has also stepped up to collaborate on a nationally contributed complementary gift package which also features two new additions; Products For Good, Inc of Charlotte, North Carolina, and, Remember The Wounded Ride, of Portland, Oregon

To purchase tickets for this event please visit the official website of the Minnesota Wild at wwwwildnhlcom or call 651222WILD (9453)  For Fire and Ice tour updates please visit TAPP's official website at patriotprogramus  You may also request more information about the program by emailing TAPP at thepatriotprogram@gmailcom

Donna Lyons

Military Community Examiner
December 15th, 2010 7:32 am ET

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