Wild's Best Of The Web - Jan. 15
It’s not always easy staying tuned in to all things Wild online. Whether it’s a story or a funny Tweet, we’ve got you covered with the best links from around the web.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
When times are tough, sometimes you just need a few words from Dad to make everything seem better.
Earlier this week, FOX Focus featured Zach Parise and his father J.P. Parise, and took a look at their respective major moments on the international stage — including similar heartbreak both Papa Parise and Zach have faced.
And before we get too ahead of ourselves, J.P. is no longer the only “Papa Parise” as Zach and his wife Alisha welcomed twins Emelia and Jaxson into the world last week.
IT NEVER GETS OLD
Last week the State of Hockey was treated with a pair of hat tricks and both Ryan Suter and Justin Fontaine netted their first hattys. Suter became the first defenseman in franchise history to hit the mark while Fontaine was the first rookie.
While I won’t brag too much, we at Wild.com were similarly on top of our game and came up with a pair of stellar headlines to capture both moments. PR wizard Carly Peters immortalized the headlines after Fontaine’s night, sending this pic tweet from @mnwildPR.
PUTTING IN EXTRA WORK
The Wild’s young guns have stepped up lately with some big names out of the lineup. Part of the effort comes from the extra time they put in after practice.
As the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo describes in his feature Tuesday, the youngsters can be found out on the ice for a long time after the rest of the team heads for the showers.
THE RIGHT CHEMISTRY
Tuesday wasn’t the first time this week Russo highlights the play of the Wild’s younger guys. In his recap of Sunday’s 4-0 win in Nashville, Russo highlighted the growing relationship between centerman Charlie Coyle and winger Dany Heatley who are clicking well.
Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press also delved into the storyline and how both Coyle’s and Heatley’s games have taken a turn for the better since they were paired together.
FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME
When it comes to playing hockey, some people won’t let anything stand in their way. In Minnesota, those people make up the Minnesota Sled Hockey Association. They put their disabilities aside, hop on their sleds, and play the game they love so much.
Wild.com featured the team and the program that seeks to let everyone enjoy the sport so loved in Minnesota, the state is nicknamed for it.
AN INSIDE LOOK
Last week, over the Wild’s four-game road trip, Director of Digital Media Ryan Stanzel and Wild.com gave fans an inside look at life on the road.
While it may not always seem like the most glamorous time — between free time, work and travel — the four-day blog gave the State of Hockey an exclusive look into the everyday goings-on of the team, complete with a photo gallery.
GETTING ON BOARD
With five major professional sports teams (yes, I counted the Lynx) and a Big Ten University in town, sometimes there’s just too much going on in the local sports media and the Wild then take a backseat to bigger stories. No complaints, it’s just how the news agenda works at times.
Last week, though, the Star Tribune's Digital Sports Editor Michael Rand made the Wild the subject of his “Show To Be Named Later” — a quick online video in which he talks about the Wild’s recent play and his opinions on the team’s turnaround. In this case, the more the merrier!
AND THE ANSWER IS?
After Suter’s hat trick last week, WCCO looked into what happens with all the hats that rain down on the ice as part of its “Good Question” segment.
Kudos to WCCO for the segment as it’s something I never really even thought about until the question was posed — naturally I was immediately curious about the answer. Jump to the 1:20 mark of the video for full details.
FOR THE LADIES
It’s that time of year again ladies: Manuary — according to My Talk 107.1.
Zach Parise is once again in the competition, though I think I speak (objectively of course) for most of us that many Wild players deserved to be a part of the competition.
Now before I feel any weirder about writing this post, make sure you go vote for Parise. He certainly is deserving of the Mr. Manuary crown.