I'm late spotting this, but there will be a free hockey equipment distribution Sunday Oct 9 at Xcel energy center from 9am to noon. I don't know if there's any special arrangement for MNSH players.
If you have equipment to donate you can drop it off at arenas and some retail stores (see below). Sounds like this has been a good dropoff season! I don't know if these donations are tax deductible.
... An enormous success already, the 2011 Used Hockey Equipment Drive is reaching its final days, leading up to the distribution of equipment on Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Xcel Energy Center. From 9 a.m. to noon inside Gate 1, equipment will be available – first come, first served – for all individuals, families, teams and associations who are in need of hockey equipment.
Equipment donations will also continue to be accepted until Tuesday, Oct. 4, throughout the Twin Cities at select arenas and hockey shops.
A partnership between Let’s Play Hockey, the Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Hockey, the 2011 Used Hockey Equipment Drive has netted loads of new and used youth and adult hockey gear. Boxes of equipment were overflowing at Westwood Sports in Apple Valley and Chanhassen, and at arenas in Eden Prairie, Plymouth, Blaine and New Hope, resulting in the need to call in equipment drive sponsor Berger Transfer to pick up all the donated gear.
In addition, the Augsburg College women’s hockey program donated nearly a dozen sets of goalie pads and other equipment. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the response of the hockey community to the equipment drive for the third straight year,” Let’s Play Hockey publisher Doug Johnson said. “The need is so great today, and we’re hopeful that this drive will help kids stay in hockey or begin to play for the first time.”
Berger Transfer has placed drop-off boxes at the following arenas: Burnsville, Woodbury, Super Rink (Blaine), Eden Prairie, Plymouth, Lakeville, Bloomington, Eagan, Highland (St. Paul), St. Thomas (Mendota Heights), Stillwater, Cottage Grove, Maple Grove, Apple Valley, White Bear Lake, Braemar (Edina), Buffalo, North St. Paul, Tartan (Oakdale) and Minnetonka. Westwood Sports (Bloomington, Chanhassen and Apple Valley) and Boehm’s (Mendota Heights and St. Paul) are also drop-off locations...
I've added this event to the Eagles calendar (only one I can edit).