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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 8:31 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

"Hey Charlie, where'd you get that spiffy sweater?"

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 2:25 PM
By Ryan Stanzel - Wild Digital Content Manager / View From the Lighthouse


In the half decade the Wild has taken it outdoors for practice, there have been a variety of weather scenarios — mostly sunny and cold.

Today, at the Wild’s outdoor practice at The John R. Rose OVAL in Roseville, presented by Audi Minneapolis and Audi St. Paul, it was a picturesque setting. Four days before Christmas, giant snowflakes fell as the Wild skated outside for 30 minutes, after more than 2,000 fans reveled in holiday activities for two hours.

Prior to the Wild taking the ice, fans skated for 90 minutes on the outer portion of The OVAL. Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand, as well as a handful of reindeer, which all made for great photo opps.

“This really brought me back to the first Winter Classic,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said after, with a Santa-like twinkle in his eye. “(Outdoor hockey) is hopefully something our fans will get to experience here sometime soon.”

The Wild primarily played shinny. Lots of laughing could be heard, none more than when Jason Zucker went leaping over the “boards” (think border patrol) backwards. The Lighthouse is happy to report that Zucker is fine.

“It wasn’t a structured practice,” said Yeo, noting the players elected to forego a scheduled day off to practice in front of the fans. “It’s great for them to come out and meet these fans and go back to their roots.”

Another funny moment came at “intermission”, when Yeo called for the shovels. The snow buildup had become intimidating, so they had to clear it away. The rookies went first, but even veterans Matt Cooke and Thomas Vanek joined in cleaning the ice.

The team likely spent as much time signing autographs for fans along the boards as they did practicing.

“It was a lot of fun,” said a beaming Wild captain Mikko Koivu, his left glove wrapped in snow. “It’s a fun way of spending a morning, getting relaxed. It brings back a lot of memories from when you’re a kid. It feels amazing to have the fans out here even when the weather wasn’t that great."

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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.20.2014 / 12:57 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

We will fight to the end, we will stand and defend...the awesomeness of these ugly sweaters.

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POSTED ON Friday, 12.19.2014 / 3:00 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

Yesterday’s rest was good for three Minnesota Wild players, who are all hoping to get back to action tomorrow when the club hosts Central Division foe, Nashville Predators, at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center.


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POSTED ON Friday, 12.19.2014 / 2:15 PM
By Mike Greenlay - Wild broadcaster / View From the Lighthouse


"All we want for Christmas is two toques and one set of choppers." — Mike Greenlay

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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.18.2014 / 3:55 PM
By Mike Doyle - Managing Editor / View From the Lighthouse

Peek-a-boo!

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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.18.2014 / 11:00 AM

The Minnesota Wild has reassigned goaltender John Curry and forward Brett Sutter to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Curry, 30 (2/27/84), was recalled by Minnesota yesterday and did not appear in the Wild’s 3-2 overtime loss to Boston. In 12 games with Iowa this season, he is 4-6-0 with a 3.02 goals against average (GAA) and .911 save percentage (SV%), including 3-1-0 with a 2.12 GAA and .934 SV% in his last four starts. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of Shorewood, Minn., is 3-2-0 with a 3.55 GAA and a .893 SV% in six career NHL games with Pittsburgh and Minnesota.

Sutter, 27 (6/2/87), was recalled by Minnesota on Monday and collected one assist and four penalty minutes (PIM) in two games with the Wild. He has tallied 14 points (5-9=14) in 26 games with Iowa this season. The 6-foot, 200-pound native of Viking, Alta., has tallied eight points (2-6=8) and 40 PIM in 56 career NHL games with the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 12.17.2014 / 2:30 PM
By Kyle Brodziak - Special To Wild.com / View From the Lighthouse

"Charlie Coyle: Seriously, did he not put deodorant on today?
Jason Zucker: Nothing's going to ruin this perfect day."
— Kyle Brodziak

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 3:00 PM
By Justin Fontaine - Special To Wild.com / View From the Lighthouse

"Hey let's take a selfie and see how many likes we get." — Justin Fontaine

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.15.2014 / 5:00 PM
By Jared Spurgeon - Special To Wild.com / View From the Lighthouse

"Taking Chuckie for a walk." — Jared Spurgeon

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