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 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 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:
Happy Draft Day from Philadelphia (well, technically, the NHL Entry Draft is spread over two days, with the first round tonight, but you know what we mean).
The Lighthouse is in the home of American Independence, the Liberty Bell and, of course, the Philly Cheesesteak (cheesesteak count is at one, today). Oh yeah, and the site of this year’s NHL Entry Draft at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Bring the headphones to work (or if you’re like the Lighthouse in the summer, to the beach) on Friday because Wild.com is streaming a live event.
Minnesota Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo and General Manager Chuck Fletcher will host a press conference at 11 a.m. Friday, June 6, and speak to the media about the bench boss’s recent contract extension.
Even though you’re not a member of the working media, you can catch Q & A session, live as it happens, streaming on Wild.com’s homepage or through the team’s official app. Everyone enjoys a little hockey talk in the summer, amiright? Follow the team on Twitter @mnwild for more details on Friday.
Registration for the Little Wild Learn to Play program, a new initiative designed to introduce the game of hockey, will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 27. The program is open to those who have not already participated in Mite Level hockey programs. Children with any previous hockey league or program experience are not eligible to participate in the program.
Happy Mother's Day. The best-of-seven Second Round matchup between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks is knotted at two with the series breezing back to the Windy City on your special day.