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Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore greets U.S. Naval Academy Senior Nolan Anliker after leaving the plane at Dulles Airport in Chantilly, Va. Anliker is providing guest services for the Beavers during their stay in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Naval Academy is the host of the 2009 Frozen Four. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

Frozen Four: BSU hockey team receives warm welcome in Washington

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Frozen Four: BSU hockey team receives warm welcome in Washington
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The Bemidji State men's hockey team was welcomed to Washington, D.C., Tuesday evening with fanfare typically reserved for political dignitaries.

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The plane arrived at Dulles Airport shortly after 6 p.m. and head coach Tom Serratore was greeted by a United States Naval officer and U.S. Naval Academy senior Nolan Anliker on the tarmac.

The U.S. Naval Academy is hosting the Frozen Four and Anliker, a native of Brooklyn Park, Minn., is assigned to take care of the Beavers during their stay in Washington.

The team and traveling party then loaded onto a coach bus and was escorted into downtown Washington by a lighted police car.

The team arrived at the Verizon Center, the venue for the 2009 Frozen Four, shortly after 7 p.m.

After unloading and organizing equipment in the locker room, the Beavers were given a quick tour of the Washington Capitals' locker room.

After leaving the locker room, the players walked out through a short tunnel and out onto the bench at ice level in the arena.

After a few minutes of taking in the arena, the players loaded back onto the bus and left for a late dinner before turning in for the evening.

Wednesday's activities will keep the Beavers busy from morning until late evening.

The Beavers are booked for interviews with Westwood One radio and ESPN in the morning before hitting the Verizon Center ice for practice at 11 a.m.

The hour-long practice is followed by another press conference. After the conference, the Beavers plan to take in a tour of the nation's capital in the afternoon.

The Beavers will then be officially welcomed at the Championship Reception held at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., at 6:30 p.m.

Bemidji State will have a short practice Thursday morning before playing Miami of Ohio in the national semifinal at 4 p.m. CDT.

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