On the first day of the Minnesota Wild’s informal captain’s practice, 21 players were on the ice at Braemar Arena.
Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo lives the game of hockey. However, when the bench boss is away from the rink, his favorite pastime is fishing. On Tuesday, Sept. 9, he will trade in his coaching hat for an anglers cap, as he hosts the inaugural Mike Yeo Classic, a fishing tournament which will raise money for the Miracles of Mitch Foundation and Angel Foundation. The event is in partnership with Gander Mountain and is a springboard for a larger event in 2015.
Six boats will launch on Lake Minnetonka in the morning and conclude with a weigh-in in the afternoon. Wild players Erik Haula, Keith Ballard, Kyle Brodziak, Matt Cooke and Justin Fontaine are set to participate in the tourney.
Wild goaltender Josh Harding’s battle with Multiple Sclerosis has been an inspiration for those afflicted with the disease and the hockey world. In 2013, his perseverance was recognized, as he won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for his dedication to hockey.
Today, Upper Deck announced that Harding will be honored with a “Heroic Inspirations” collectable trading card.
The Minnesota State Fair is a blur of deep-fried goodness, live events, mixed with a carnival atmosphere, providing a glimpse at all things that make the Land of 10,000 Lakes a unique place to call home.
Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo got a first-hand look at the Great Minnesota Get-together, making five stops at media booths, including KFAN 100.3 FM, 1500 ESPN, the Star Tribune, Cities 97 and 105.1 FM The Ticket. One might’ve grown dizzy following him around all day, but our social media team shined it on (enjoying idyllic Fair weather while the Lighthouse was stuck in the office all day) and posted an Instagram vid of the bench boss making multiple stops:
Of course it wasn’t all business for the club’s bench boss, as he planned on partaking in another State Fair tradition: over-eating.
Forward Justin Fontaine was at the Fair, signing autographs at the Wild booth. No word on what or how much food Fontaine consumed.
Nordy Wild made an appearance at the Fair’s parade, his golden mullet resembling a deep-fried Twinkie. Fortunately for Nordy, no hungry State Fair goers attempted to drizzle chocolate sauce on him.
Four Minnesotans have been selected for the 2014 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. Defenseman Jack McNeely (Lakeville), and forwards Alec Baer (St. Louis Park), Paul Bittner (Crookston) and Brock Boeser (Burnsville) were selected to play in the third-annual contest.
The prospects game is set of Sept. 25 at First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres. In all, 42 prospects have been tapped to play in the game and all are eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Twenty-three players appeared on the 2014-15 NHL Central Scouting Futures List, comprised of players who could potentially be selected in the first three rounds of the draft.
For the complete USA Hockey release, go here.
The Minnesota State Fair is in full swing and the Wild fans will have a chance to get-together with a couple of their favorite players.
Wild forwards Justin Fontaine and Erik Haula will appear at the Minnesota State Fair at the Wild booth, in the Fan Central Building at the corner of Dan Patch and Underwood, to sign autographs. Fontaine will appear from 3 - 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Haula will sign autographs from 3 - 4 p.m. on Friday.
While at the team’s booth, fans can inquire about the Wild State Fair 5-Game Pack and pick up new Wild gear.
Fans can listen to Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and Head Coach Mike Yeo, as they make media stops at the Fair. Yeo will be there tomorrow to talk hockey at the KFAN 100.3 FM booth at 11:30 a.m., the 1500 ESPN booth at noon, the Star Tribune booth at 1:30 p.m., the Cities 97 booth at 2 p.m., and the 105.1 FM The Ticket at 4:45 p.m. Fletcher will be make stops on Friday with KFAN 100.3 at 11:30 a.m. and the 1500 ESPN booth at noon.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has reached Wild owner Craig Leipold, who accepted the challenge over the weekend. Leipold then challenged his three oldest sons. In case you were wondering, no that isn’t the Lighthouse dumping the bucket over Leipold’s head. Check out the video below:
Last week, the Minnesota Wild issued the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to Season Ticket Holders. Here are the responses:
Vicki Brousseau - Columbia Heights:
Eva McClellan - Saint Paul:
Kevin Klos - Richfield:
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has worked its way through social media and into the Wild offices. Last week we highlighted a few of the players who accepted the challenge, and this week we’ll look at some of the Wild staff that have accepted. Of course, the Lighthouse isn’t afraid of a little ice water, so we had no problem taking on the Pioneer Press writer Chad Graff’s bath water challenge. But the challenge worked its way up a little higher on the Wild food chain. Check out the videos below.
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and Assistant GM Brent Flahr:
Wild COO Matt Majka:
Wild Forward Erik Haula:
Wild CFO Jeff Pellegrom:
Wild Director of Media Relations Aaron Sickman:
Wild Videographer Dusty Peterson:
Wild Radio Host Kevin Falness:
Wild Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Bob Kurtz:
Wild Radio Color Commentator Tom Reid:
It looks like a lot more staffers will be getting wet, as the Tampa Bay Lightning issued the challenge to the Minnesota Wild. Two things to point out: First, you’re only supposed to pass the challenge onto three (the Lightning challenged the TB Rays, TB Bucs, Orlando Magic and Wild) and there is no ice in their buckets (maybe it melted in the Florida sun). But this is all for charity, so I’m sure my co-workers will have a response.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken off virally, raising awareness and funds for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
It was only a matter of time before the challenge reached the Sate of Hockey and the Minnesota Wild. Hockey, after all, is played on ice.
Nordy Wild got into the action last night, accepting the challenge from FOX Sports North Color Commentator Mike Greenlay. Along with the ice shower, he presented a check for $1,000 to the ALS Association of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Check out Nordy’s video, along with Greenlay’s, and Wild players Zach Parise, Josh Harding, Jason Zucker, and FOX Sports North Play-by-Play Announcer Anthony Lapanta and Studio Analyst Wes Walz. Yes, the Lighthouse gets called out by the Pioneer Press’s Chad Graff and will be iced out later this afternoon.
Graff (Notice how there's no ice in his bucket. We call shenanigans!):