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Welcome to Saint Paul!

Every year it is with great excitement and pride that Saint Paul welcomes the players, families, friends and fans of the Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five tournament to downtown. This is an amazing opportunity for us to showcase our city to you and make you feel at home in the “State of Hockey.” This year we are building on the tremendous success of the hockey events from 2011, including the Red Bull Pond Hockey Championships, Minnesota State High School Hockey Championships, the NHL Draft, the NCAA Frozen Four and of course the Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five. We love hosting these events and know you will take advantage of the world-class attractions, neighborhood pubs and friendly people who will help make the most of your stay. Enjoy your time in Saint Paul, have some fun and may the best team–your team–win!

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Cordially, Mayor Chris Coleman

Enjoy a pre-game bite on the exciting West 7th Street.


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Minnesota and check out “Real Pirates,” the true story of a slave ship turned pirate ship that sank nearly 300 years ago. Ahoy mates!

Check out Grand Avenue for shopping, food and fun.

Take advantage of these great special offers on lodging presented to Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five hockey fans! Redeem your fan friendly special offers by calling participating locations directly and asking for the Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five special. Offers are based on availability, subject to change and valid March 15-17, 2012. Not valid with any other offers. Tax not included.

A Best Western Plus Kelly Inn

Wear green and watch the 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 4th Street on Saturday at noon.

Saint Paul (800) 627-6101 VisitSaintPaul @SaintPaul

Team Host Hotels

B Embassy Suites Saint Paul Downtown 175 East 10th Street (651) 224-5400 or (800) EMBASSY Final Five Rate: Starting at $189 Requires a 1 night deposit at the time of reservation, with a 5 day cancellation policy.

E The Saint Paul Hotel 350 Market Street (800) 292-9292

Xcel Energy Center Information: 199 West Kellogg Boulevard Saint Paul, MN 55102 (651) 726-8240

F Crowne Plaza St. Paul – Riverfront 11 East Kellogg Boulevard (800) 2CROWNE / (651) 292-1900

C Holiday Inn Saint Paul Downtown 175 West Seventh Street (651) 225-1515 Final Five Rate: Starting at $159/King $169/Doubles

G Hilton Garden Inn City Center 411 Minnesota Street (877) STAYHGI / (651) 291-8800

D Holiday Inn Saint Paul East

161 St. Anthony Avenue (651) 227-8711 or (800) WESTERN Final Five Rate: $169

awesome men’s clothing, cigars and a hot shave!

Party in Lowertown after the games!

Pose for a picture by the memorial statue of St. Paulite and legendary hockey coach Herb Brooks.

Hotels in Saint Paul

Check out Heimie’s Haberdashery –

Tour the Wabasha Street Caves where Dillinger and other gangsters caroused in the 1930s.

Drive Summit Avenue – the longest stretch of preserved Victorian mansions in the country.

Hotel Information

Pray for your team at the historic Cathedral of Saint Paul.

Tournament Information: Carol Labelle-Ehrhardt (303) 871-4491

Additional Hotels

2201 Burns Avenue (651) 731-2220 or (888) HOLIDAY Final Five Rate: $109

*For additional hotel rates, go to



Fan Appreciation Nights


Thursday, March 15


Xcel Energy Center is serviced primarily by two ramps–RiverCentre and Kellogg–directly connected to the complex. There are 50+ parking ramps and lots within a short walk of the arena and more information is available at

H Great Waters Brewing Company



Friday, March 16




426 St. Peter Street, (651) 224-2739 Happy hour drink specials 3 - 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. - close Thursday & Friday

I Joseph’s Bar and Grill 140 South Wabasha Street, (651) 222-2435 Joseph’s offers WCHA fans drink, appetizer, lunch and dinner specials. Valid only March 16, 2012.




Saturday, March 17 Dixie’s on Grand 695 Grand Avenue, (651) 222-7345 Offering happy hour and free shuttle service (30 min. before game time) to Xcel Energy Center throughout the tournament.

Event Details

Dear Hockey Fans, As the 2011-12 season gets underway in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, it’s once again time to make your plans and secure your seats for college hockey’s premier post-season championship, the annual Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five.

SEASON TICKET HOLDERS All tournament package holders for the Red Baron™ WCHA

Final Five receive: discounted ticket pricing, right of first refusal to their seats the following year, seating upgrade opportunity (based on availability), and the ability to add additional packages. Season tickets will be mailed in February 2012.

Over the past 11 seasons, the WCHA, Xcel Energy Center, the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and the Saint Paul community have worked together to forge a tremendously successful partnership dedicated to providing college hockey’s best fans with college hockey’s best hockey.

TOURNAMENT PACKAGES Reserve your tournament packages now to receive the best

seats available following the season ticket holder renewal process. All tournament packages are $160 for lower level, club level and upper level side sections and $75 for upper level end sections. Each ticket package includes five tickets, one ticket to each of the five games of the tournament.

Set for March 15 through March 17 at the spectacular Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, the 2012 edition of the annual Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five will again feature the sixteam, five-game format that made its debut a year ago. We will have two opening tournament games on Thursday, two semi-final match ups on Friday, followed by the Broadmoor Trophy championship contest on Saturday evening.

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GROUP TICKETS Group tickets (10+) are available for tournament packages and individual games beginning December 5. Call (651) 312-3486.

At the annual Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five, it’s all about WCHA hockey. Great teams and great players engaged in intense rivalries. It’s enthusiastic jersey-clad fans cheering on their favorite teams. It’s the fun-filled Microsoft Store WCHA Fan Fest on Friday and Saturday. It’s Dance Mania throughout all five games. It’s passionate pep bands. And it’s families and friends coming together for three days of heart-thumping and highly-invigorating up and down action.

SINGLE GAME TICKETS Single game tickets (if available) go on sale to the public Monday, March 5, 2012. Purchase tickets in person at the Xcel Energy Center box office, online at or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

We sincerely hope you will choose to join us again in Saint Paul next March 15-17 for the 2012 Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five. Enjoy the season!

Warmest Regards, Bruce M. McLeod WCHA Commissioner





Game 1 – Quarterfinal Game 2 – Quarterfinal Game 3 – Semi-final Game 4 – Semi-final

Thur, Mar 15 Thur, Mar 15 Fri, Mar 16 Fri, Mar 16

2:00 PM 7:00 PM 2:00 PM 7:00 PM

$25 $30 $40 $45

$20 $20 $20 $20

Game 5 – Championship

Sat, Mar 17 7:00 PM



LCU = Lower, Club & Upper (Side) Levels

UPPER = Upper (End) Levels

Game times subject to change.


Live music Friday, March 16 & Saturday, March 17 Iron Range Grill (Xcel Energy Center/Gate 4) 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Come celebrate the Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five with live music, interactive games, food & beverages and more! Cheerleaders, mascots and WCHA pep bands will rock the house with the school songs that lead their teams to victory! Microsoft Store WCHA Fan Fest is free and open to the public!

Enjoy the sounds of local live music before the games on Friday and Saturday nights as these bands rock inside Gate 4 at the Iron Range Grill. Friday, March 16, 4:30 p.m.

Uncle Chunk Saturday, March 17, 4:30 p.m.


Dance Mania

Pick Your Final Five

Bring your dance moves and shake what your momma gave you at the 2012 Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five Dance Mania Contest! Throughout the tournament, get up and dance when you hear the designated song! The person who shakes it the best throughout the entire tournament will walk away with $250 from Visit Saint Paul and tickets to the 2013 Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five. Costumes encouraged!

Get in on the action at this year’s 2012 Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five with the Pick Your Final Five Sweepstakes! Pick the teams you think will be part of the 2012 Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five and you may go to the 2013 Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five with three friends for FREE! For additional details, visit

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Stay & Play Saturday

For Red Baron™ WCHA Final Five season ticket holders. Visit or call (651) 726-8240.

As you prepare for the championship game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, take time to enjoy all there is to do around Saint Paul. Hop on the FREE shuttle to Mall of America from the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Take in the Minnesota Wild vs. Carolina Hurricanes at 1 p.m. or celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at one of our local Irish pubs and then stop by the Microsoft Store WCHA Fan Fest at 4:30 p.m.

MALL OF AMERICA SHUTTLE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Enjoy one of the best St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country at noon on 4th Street. Wear GREEN!

520 Stores; Indoor Amusement Park. A FREE ride from Crowne Plaza Hotel Saturday, March 17 (11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.)

Visitor Info Center

Visitor Information Center Take time to stop at the Saint Paul Visitors Center for more information on things to do, places to eat and where to stay. Located in Landmark Center 75 West 5th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102 (651) 292-3225