Minnesota earned the name, State of Hockey, because the sport is embraced at all levels throughout the state, including PowerHockey, which is an aggressive sport played in a power wheelchair using a ball rather than a puck.
The PowerHockey Cup, which features some of the best wheelchair hockey players in North America, is coming to The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Saint Paul July 21-24. The event is free and open to the public. The PowerHockey Cup is a bi-annual event that allows the athletes to compete against the best wheelchair hockey teams in the country. The two-time champion Minnesota Saints will look to defend their title against seven teams from North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Canada as well as in-state competitor Minnesota Selects.
PowerHockey’s mission is to provide a quality hockey program for persons requiring the use of an electric (power) wheelchair in daily life. Learn more about PowerHockey, here.
Social media can be a great way to connect players, an organization and their fans. It can also get a young prospect in a lot of hot water with an ill-advised post or comment.
If you can’t make it to Xcel Energy Center on Monday to watch the Wild’s top prospects in action, Wild.com will have you covered. The club’s official website will carry a live stream of the Green vs. White scrimmage between prospects at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 14.
Next week, Target Field in Minneapolis will host Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. Get primed for the Midsummer Classic with the Ninth Annual Celebrity Sweat Softball Challenge, noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12 at Saint Paul’s Midway Stadium. The event will feature a number of NHLers with Wild and State of Hockey ties.
After conducting off-ice testing yesterday, Minnesota Wild Development Camp was in full stride today. The camp blends on-ice practices with off-ice classes and training sessions, helping the organization’s top prospects learn what it takes to become an everyday NHLer.
The Minnesota Wild's American Hockey League affiliate, the Iowa Wild, will move from the Midwest Division to the West Division for the 2014-15 season. From a news release from the Iowa Wild:
The Minnesota Wild has signed forward Joel Rechlicz to a one-year, two-way contract.
Last season, the 27-year-old skated for the Hershey Bears, the Washington Capitals’ American Hockey League affiliate. In 25 games he scored a goal and added an assists to go along with 87 penalty minutes.
Nicknamed “The Wrecker” for his physical play, the Brookfield Wis., native has appeared in 26 NHL games with the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals, racking up 105 PIM.
The Wild picked up seven prospects on Day 2 of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in rounds 2 through 7. The Lighthouse was on location at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and made a few observations:
The Wild made the third round a little more interesting at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia.
The first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft is in the books here at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. As we look forward to (a long) Day 2 tomorrow, rounds two through seven, let’s first look at a couple of highlights from the first round: