When Matt Cooke laced up his skates for his first National Hockey League game, he was nervous; the butterflies were thrashing around in his stomach like wet clothes in a dryer. Making it to 1,000 games might’ve been the furthest thing from his mind.
The dust might’ve settled from cyclone of moves that was yesterday’s National Hockey League Trade Deadline Day, but it’s still been a whirlwind couple of days for the Minnesota Wild’s newest members, Matt Moulson, Cody McCormick and Ilya Bryzgalov.
The Minnesota Wild skates in game action at Xcel Energy Center for the first time nearly a month and the club will welcome back a pair of players returning from injury.
The Minnesota Wild doesn’t get a chance to dip its toe in the water and slink back into the regular season. No the Wild cannonballs back into action, finishing off the second of a back-to-back road trip in Vancouver. It is the only time Minnesota visits Rogers Arena this season.
Hold on State of Hockey fans, things are about to get very interesting.
The Wild flew in to a balmy Edmonton for an afternoon practice at Rexall Place before re-starting the season after the Olympic break (yes, this might be the first time Edmonton has been described as balmy in a sentence, but compared to the State of Hockey this morning, it is downright tropical here).
The ice was reflecting the sun’s warm gaze at the John Rose OVAL in Roseville, as the Minnesota Wild played the game in its purest form, outside. With the weekend’s snowfall still clinging to the surrounding pines and a slight breeze scattering the fresh ice shavings, about 2,000 fans bundled up and came out to watch the Wild break into two teams and scrimmage at the outdoor rink, presented by Audi of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
The Minnesota Wild will host one of the fan favorite events this weekend.
On Sunday, Feb. 23, weather permitting, the club will hold an outdoor practice at the John Rose MN OVAL at 11 a.m., presented by Audi Minneapolis and Audi Saint Paul. The OVAL is located at 2661 Civic Center Drive in Roseville and the practice is free and open to the public.
The practice will help the club prepare for its post-Olympic schedule, which resumes in Edmonton on Feb. 27. The practice will follow the Olympic Gold Medal Game, which is earlier in the day.
The John Rose MN OVAL is the largest outdoor refrigerated skating facility in North America, featuring an 110,000 square foot slab of concrete used for the ice sports of speedskating, bandy, hockey, public skating and open hockey in the winter and inline skating in the spring, summer and fall. The OVAL has hosted events such as World Cup Speedskating, World and National Bandy Championships, and Aggressive Skating and Biking competitions. For more information on the John Rose MN OVAL visit skatetheoval.com.
The Lighthouse brings you a late post thanks to Snowmageddon, as we were busy stockpiling supplies like a Doomsday Prepper, gathering provisions for tomorrow’s Olympic semifinal matchups. Now that we’re comfortably loaded with frozen pizzas and plenty of thirst quenching icy beverages, we’re ready to sit down and write.
With the Olympic hockey tournament quarterfinal round wrapping up today, the Wild resumed this afternoon with a practice at Braemar Arena in Edina.