Wild's Best Of The Web - March 12
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.
THAT’S A BIG NUMBER
Tuesday night, as the Wild hosted the Edmonton Oilers, forward Matt Cooke skated in his 1,000th NHL game. He was honored in a pregame ceremony and well wishes from old teammates throughout the game, shown on the video board.
As the highly anticipated puck drop approached, the media chatted relentlessly with Cooke all day. But the well spoken forward graciously answered question after question about his career and the varying paths it’s taken over his 15 years in the league.
WildTV caught up with him after morning skate about the benchmark and Managing Editor Mike Doyle reflected on the feat in the day’s Lighthouse. Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press reflected on Cooke’s career and how he got to where he is today. Michael Russo of the Star Tribune also shared an informal Q & A on his blog that he did with the forward.
While Cooke is only in his first season with the Wild, there’s no question the State of Hockey has fully embraced the hard-working winger.
THE SWEETEST REUNION
Fans got to see an extremely special moment Tuesday night.
As Jamie Jenn participated in an in-game contest, attempting to guess the answer to a question posed to a player, the video cut to a recording of her husband, SPC Nick Jenn. After wishing her a happy birthday he told her to turn around and there he was in person, waiting to surprise her.
It was the sweetest moment and even choked up this stone-cold heart of mine that RARELY cries at anything.
THAT’S “MR. HOCKEY” TO YOU
Last weekend the Boys Hockey State Tournament wrapped up and what a year it was.
Sure Xcel Energy Center hosted the tournament as it has for several years now, but the Wild had an interesting link to this year’s festivities. On Sunday, after the conclusion of play, 2014’s Mr. Hockey was announced — the 30th year of the award. And it was Wild prospect Avery Peterson who took home this year’s honors.
WildTV caught up with Peterson later that evening at the Wild-Blues game to talk about the honor and his upcoming plans for the near future.
ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
The Wild has preached a postseason run all year. And, in conjunction, it’s talked about how it believes it has the right mix in the locker room for such a run.
Well on Trade Deadline Day, the franchise made moves to add depth to the lineup and show fans and the team alike it really means business.
Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune talked about this very subject in his latest column, exploring how the Wild’s actions have backed up what it’s been saying all along.
KEEP MAKING THE SAVE
As you may know, the Wild is teaming up with Josh Harding's charity, Harding's Hope as March's charity of the month.
All month long, fans can participate in the Make the Save For MS Drive. Fans can pick any amount to donate for each save the Wild goaltenders make during one or more of the Wild's now 14 remaining games this month. The proceeds will go to help people living with multiple sclerosis.
Not only is it a great way to support Harding and his charity, which aims to make the lives of people living with MS a little bit easier, but it's also a great way to donate to a charity and do it while watching hockey at the same time! Also, be sure to follow @HardingsHope for even more info and check out recent tweets featuring Harding himself!
Tuesday night Harding dropped by the Harding’s Hope suite and met with members of the Upper Midwest Chapter of the MS Society who were in attendance.
Speaking of Harding, he also skated on his own Tuesday morning. Russo spoke with Yeo about it.
First up, Graff highlighted McCormick, his adjustments to life in Minnesota and what his new team is learning about him.
Meanwhile Haula was focused on for two different reasons. Graff spoke to the center about playing in a different role than he was used to with the Gophers last season — moving from a top six forward to a fourth liner. Russo also chatted with Haula about his five-minute major from the Dallas game and his feelings about what went down.