In conjunction with FOX Sports North, the Minnesota Wild will host a Wild Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at the Xcel Energy Center. The event will feature interviews with Wild owner Craig Leipold, General Manager Chuck Fletcher and Head Coach Bruce Boudreau.
The event will be a chance for Wild fans to catch up on the state of the team before the 2016-17 season begins. Topics will range from an evaluation of the Wild's roster to a look at the future of the team.
The Town Hall will be broadcast live on FOX Sports North PLUS. Anthony LaPanta, the team's play-by-play announcer, will act as moderator at the event, and Kevin Gorg will be reporting. Following the conclusion of the Minnesota Twins game on Tuesday night, FOX Sports North will broadcast the event.
The Wild extended invitations for the event to its Season Ticket Holders and will give away four seats to non-season ticket holders on its social media channels before next Tuesday.
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The Minnesota Wild is one of seven teams to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the past four seasons, but it have not advanced to the conference final since 2003.
The Wild is counting on new coach Bruce Boudreau and a few tweaks to the roster to help it reach the next level.
NHL.com is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 30 teams throughout August. Today, the Minnesota Wild.
The Minnesota Wild has been stuck in recent seasons trying to replenish a prospect pipeline that was regarded as among the best in the NHL as recently as four or five years ago. But the best players in that group, forwards Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund, and defenseman Jonas Brodin, have graduated to full-time NHL players and helped the Wild reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs four straight seasons.
In attempting to extend the playoff run, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher traded a number of draft picks, limiting the ability to find more young players. As an example, it had four picks at the 2016 NHL Draft.
NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 30 teams throughout August. Today, the Minnesota Wild.
The Minnesota Wild needed to do two important things during the offseason: Find a new coach and improve its depth at center.
With the hiring of coach Bruce Boudreau and the signing of unrestricted free agent center Eric Staal, the Wild feels it succeeded.
The Minnesota Wild Foundation announced that nine local charities were selected as the inaugural recipients of the “Wild Idea Grant Program.” The non-profit programs will receive $180,000 in total, awarded as one-time grants that help to advance the foundation’s mission to support the game of hockey and improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey.
“The Minnesota Wild Foundation is thrilled to be able to grant these funds today to nine very deserving local charities through the Wild Idea Grant program,” said Pamela Wheelock, board chair of the Minnesota Wild Foundation. “Each of these organizations is working to help children and families in our community and grow the game of hockey, which aligns with the mission and purpose of the Wild Foundation. It’s a privilege to be able to share their stories and their good work.”
A new recipient will be announced every hour beginning at 9 a.m. CT today on the Minnesota Wild’s Twitter (@mnwild) and Facebook pages. The grants were made possible thanks to funds raised at various events and sales held throughout the season that were generously supported by fans, community and corporate partners, and Wild players.
Submissions for the Wild Foundation’s first-ever public grant were accepted via online application from Oct. 10 – Nov. 22, 2015. More than 30 applications were received. Special consideration was given to organizations that provide gear and equipment for hockey programs and those that provide services to families that have a child battling a serious illness or disease.
Nicholas Boka said he knows what it’s going to take for him to be one of the defenseman selected for the United States 2017 World Junior Championship team.
The Minnesota Wild’s 2015 sixth round-pick is the second-to-latest player to be drafted remaining at the United States National Junior Evaluation Camp in Plymouth, Michigan. Jack Sadek, his Wild teammate, is the only drafted prospect to have been selected in a later round.
There are 11 defensemen left at the camp, trimmed down on Tuesday from 14 that entered the camp last week.
The hockey community, be it large in number and international, can feel very small at times.
There were two names called at the 2016 NHL Draft in June, both from the University of Wisconsin, and both of some importance to Jordan Greenway, selected in the second round in 2015 by the Minnesota Wild.
The first was Luke Kunin, whom the Wild used the 15th pick to select. The second was J.D. Greenway, Jordan’s younger brother.
Minnesota Wild fans will have another way to watch hockey beginning in the 2016-17 season.
FOX Sports and the NHL announced on Monday that local telecasts will be available for live-streaming on FOX Sports Go to customers of participating pay-TV providers.
There are 12 NHL teams affiliated with the network, including the Wild.
Forward Luke Kunin made quite the impression on the Minnesota Wild.
Minnesota had the 15th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, which took place June 24-25 in Buffalo, and Brad Bombardir, its Director of Player Development, was getting suggestions on whom Minnesota should pick. He was unable to answer the texts at the time, but little did the players know, they were all on the same page.
When it was time to pick, the Wild selected Kunin out of the University of Wisconsin, satisfying players and executives alike.