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ND Hockey Day remembers Jamestown boy who died in plane crash

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JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Bemidji is getting ready to host the 13th annual Hockey Day Minnesota this weekend, but this year North Dakota is joining in on this winter tradition with an outdoor hockey event of its own.

The inaugural "Hockey Day North Dakota" will attract thousands to Jamestown. From mini-mites on up to college level, hundreds of players from around the state will hit the rinks.

At intermission Saturday night, Hockey Day will retire the jersey of Aaron Nordstrom, a 10-year-old boy who beat cancer, then died in a plane crash in 2016. He would have played pee wee hockey this year.

His father, Eric Nordstrom, said he has contributed hundreds of hours of volunteer time to Hockey Day so other kids can have a special day.

Find the schedule of events by clicking here.