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The Ryan Stanzel Blog: Sept. 25, 2008

Thursday, 09.25.2008 / 11:30 AM / Minnesota Wild | Features
By Ryan Stanzel  - Wild Digital Content Manager
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The Ryan Stanzel Blog: Sept. 25, 2008
* Sept. 25 PONDcast
Kevin Falness catches up with Erik Reitz and Tomas Mojzis

FRIDAY'S EXPECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Nolan - Belanger - Veilleux
Gillies - Pouliot - Weller
Boogaard - Sheppard - Clutterbuck
Kalus - Koivu - Miettinen


Defensemen

Skoula - Zidlicky
Noreau - Johnsson
Bergeron - Reitz


Goaltenders

Harding - Schaefer

Media Relations and Team Services Coordinator Ryan Stanzel will file a periodic blog throughout the 2008-09 season, if only to prove to his mother that her son does more than “watch sports for a living.

Sept. 25, 2008

10:30 a.m.

It’s amazing how much less time I have to update the blog when I’m not on the road and in a city without much to do during the day.

Hope everyone enjoyed the game against the Blue Jackets last night. The first period was certainly much better than the second and third, when it was hard to go more than two or three minutes without a whistle.

Several standouts though, including Benoit Pouliot, whose backhand roof-job was the game-winner after taking a puck off Owen Nolan’s skates (as Nolan was tripped up) at the blueline.

The power play was a bit slow to develop -- Jacques Lemaire said, and I’m paraphrasing here, “We have two good shooters, who need to shoot” -- referring to Marc-Andre Bergeron and Marek Zidlicky. But with just four days of practice, it’s hard to set up the power play. You can certainly see the talent is there.

Last night was a whirlwind. Preseason for the PR staff, too, and we're just getting back into the swing of things -- and the speed at which everything has has to be done. There are additional items to take care of this season, too -- the officials get an immediate DVD of the game, for instance, so our intern, Robert, now stays upstairs for five minutes after the game while control room guru Hank Dolan makes copies.

Post-game was quick. Many players stuck around to see the thrilling finish of the Twins game. You can bet there will be a few Wild guys at the Metrodome tonight for the series finale with the ChiSox. Andrew Brunette was proudly wearing his Twins hat at the pre-game skate yesterday.

Today is a super busy day, so this will be a short entry. Today is the day that our in-house guys do a bunch of video shoots with players. For instance, that texting promotion you saw all last year on the scoreboard? That was Colton Gillies. Also, our friends at FS North are here to do interviews for their preview show, in addition to some other things to use during the season.

We’ve had a couple people e-mail in (one wasn’t even related to me), and we’ll get to those comments and more in the next blog. Remember, you can chime in at rstanzel@wild.com.

2:45 p.m.

We’re back from the rink. Well, I am. Aaron Sickman is still down there finishing getting a couple of stragglers through the FS North and in-house production booth. I came up as soon as I got the roster for tomorrow’s game in Chicago.

Nolan - Belanger - Veilleux
Gillies - Pouliot - Weller
Boogaard - Sheppard - Clutterbuck
Kalus - Koivu - Miettinen

Skoula - Zidlicky
Noreau - Johnsson
Bergeron - Reitz

Harding - Schaefer


Mojzis and Irmen will also travel and could play in place of any of the other 12 forwards. Always a good thing to have a couple of spare bodies in case someone pulls up lame early.

Speaking of injured guys, Marian Gaborik skated on his own before practice this morning, then he spent some time with FSN previewing the 2008-09 season.

We’d like to thank, among others, Brad from Los Angeles, Kelly from New Jersey and Jason from Illinois for sending some comments on the blog. Here’s a local e-mail from Kristen.

Q: Hi! I really liked the opening of your blog, proving to your mom that you do more than “watch sports for a living.” I am a senior at Gustavus, and I would love to know how you landed such a cool job. It seems to be exactly what I want to do, especially with the Wild. I'm a huge fan, and I'm applying for anything that I look semi-qualified for that pops up on Wild.com. I would be really interested in getting some feedback from you on working for the Wild, and what to do to get a job with MSE.

Thanks for your time & keep up the sweet blog! =)

A: Thanks for the kind words, Kristen. I talked to my mom the other day and asked her if she’d checked out the blog yet, and she said she hadn’t. So, at this point, I’m not really proving anything to anyone.

Like many of us in the business, I was in the right place at the right time many years ago, and worked my way up from the bottom. It is exactly what I wanted to do all along. Well, since I was a senior baseball player in high school, battling a tough slump and my coach, Bill Higgins, told me “Kid, you’re not going to play for the Yankees, you’d better try to work for them.” And, in my opinion, my job is way better than working for my hometown team.

Keep following Wild.com. How would you look in a mascot uniform? Just kidding. Job postings come up often for internships, etc.

Please keep the comments and questions coming.

Let’s see, what else went on at the rink today. Kevin Falness had the all important job of getting the exact pronunciation guide on Tomas Mozjis. Falness came through as always (except when he’s hosting a poker game), with “moy-ZHEESH.”

Also exchanged playing rosters for tomorrow with the Chicago PR staff, including my good friend Adam Rogowin, whom I’ve known for many years, dating back to our time in the AHL. Congrats to Adam not only on his summer nuptials but on the new gig with the Blackhawks. He went across town from the AHL’s Wolves. If you ever run into Adam, ask him about the time we were walking across town late night in Houston after a playoff game (key word in that sentence was walking) to a favorite watering hole, and a guy on the bike asked us if he could wash our windows.

It’s interesting with the rosters in the preseason, because, obviously, only about half the guys on the entire roster will play. And many players have different numbers for practice as opposed to the game. Cal Clutterbuck, for instance, wears No. 78 in practice, but will be No. 22 in games.

Former Wild web guru Glen Andresen, who we still see on game nights for a big meal as he does some freelance work for ESPN, chimes in today with this fact: The Wild have just four Americans in camp (Ryznar, Reitz, Lundbohm and Irmen). Interesting fact. Four Wild players last season hailed from the States (Parrish, Carney, Hill, Rolston).

OK, we’ll send this off to Jamie MacDonald so those of you wondering about tomorrow’s game roster can get ready. Remember, tomorrow’s game is not on WCCO Radio -- but you can listen to it on and BOB 106 FM and KBGY 107.5 FM.

Talk to everyone sometime Friday. Houston Aeros PR guru Patrick Armstrong is joining us in St. Paul, we’ll try to get a newcomer’s perspective as well.




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