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.
I will be frank: I am not a morning person.
When I wake up in the morning, I prefer to see the sun already fully shining through my window, greeting me to another new day.
Valentine's Day is always a tricky holiday. From those parties in elementary school where you decorated your box and carefully selected each valentine for everyone to ensure no one got the wrong idea (because how embarrassing would it be if your crush actually found out you liked them). But adulthood doesn't make it any easier as you're forced to find the right restaurant, gift and candies to show your beau — or belle — how much you care.
Well, we here at the Wild are happy to help and relieve a little bit of the pressure. Not sure how to express your feelings? Let our Wild-themed Valentines do the work for you!
Either way, a pair of pesky Canadians made sure they were a part of Feb. 6's pregame Sochi Send Off, which honored the players from both the Wild and the Nashville Predators who are participating in the 2014 Games.
Gustafsson was recalled earlier today for the sixth time this season and is 8-9-2 with a 2.86 goals-against average (GAA), a .908 save percentage (SV%) and one shutout in 21 games with Iowa this season. The 21-year-old has not appeared in an NHL game.
Haula has recorded four points (2-2=4) and a plus-5 rating in 25 games with Minnesota this season. The 5-foot-11, 192-pound native of Pori, Finland, recorded an assist in his NHL debut on Nov. 29 vs. Colorado and tallied his first career NHL goal against Dallas on Jan. 18. The 22-year-old has collected 17 points (9-8=17) in 24 games with Iowa this season.
The Minnesota Wild would like nothing more than to start its Olympic break on a high note. To do that, the team will have to close things out tonight against the surging Nashville Predators. Although the Preds are in last place in the Central Division, it has a winning record (25-23-9: 59 points) and has earned at least a point in six of its last seven games.