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.
The Xcel Energy Center Hockey Lodge will be closed Saturday, June 28th through Sunday, July 6th for store cleaning. The Hockey Lodge will reopen at 11am on Monday, July 7th. Our Maplewood Mall and Southdale Center stores will remain open during this time.
The 2014-15 season may still be a good three months away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start looking forward to it now.
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.
Minnesota Wild C Erik Haula suffered a fractured jaw (nondisplaced) playing for Finland in the gold medal game at the World Championship on May 25. He will not require surgery and is expected to be fully recovered in 3-4 weeks.
Haula registered one assist in six games for Finland and averaged 17:17 in TOI/game.
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.
A few members of the Wild’s organization are still in action this weekend as forward Erik Haula skates with Team Finland in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Tournament in Minsk, Belarus. Prospect Zack Mitchell is also still on the ice, battling for a Memorial Cup with the Guelph Storm at this year’s tournament in London, Ontario.
While we’ve had a good week to recover from the jarring end of Minnesota’s season that was Patrick Kane’s overtime goal in Game 6 of the Second Round — clearly not still mulling over that one at all — there are a few members of the Wild’s organization still in action.