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2010 Skills Competition

Back by popular demand, the Minnesota Wild Skills Competition is returning to Xcel Energy Center. This fan-oriented skills event featuring Minnesota Wild players will be held on Sunday, January 24 at 10 a.m.  Proceeds will benefit the Minnesota Wild Foundation. 

Other events throughout the day include interactive hockey games, get your photo taken with the Stanley Cup, raffle for items used in the Skills Competition, grab bags, WCCO-AM will be broadcasting live and more.

As part of the event, Minnesota Wild players will sign autographs at various locations throughout the arena. Players will sign for one hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. A $10 autograph ticket per person must be purchased at each autograph station. Autograph tickets will be distributed to the first 250 fans in line at each station. Two autograph stations will be reserved exclusively for Season Ticket Holders. Season Ticket Holders will be given an opportunity to reserve their spot in one of these two lines via an online lottery. You will receive an email with more details regarding the online lottery.

All activities will be cash only.

Minnesota Wild Season Ticket Holders will receive one complimentary ticket to the Skills Competition for each season ticket on their account.

The general public may purchase tickets for $10 at all Ticketmaster locations or for $15 at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office on January 24.

# Name Position Height Weight Date Of Birth Age Birth Place
32 Niklas Backstrom G 6' 1" 189 Feb 13, 1978 31 Helsinki, FIN
25 Eric Belanger   F 5' 11" 187 Dec 16, 1977 32 Sherbrooke, QC, CAN
22 Cal Clutterbuck   F 5' 11" 213 Nov 18, 1987 22 Welland, ON, CAN
16 Andrew Ebbett   F 5' 9" 174 Jan 2, 1983 27 Calgary, AB, CAN
14 Martin Havlat  F 6' 2" 217 Apr 19, 1981 28 Mlada Boleslav, CZE
20 Antti Miettinen   F 6' 0" 190 Jul 3, 1980 29 Hameenl, FIN
11 Owen Nolan   F 6' 1" 214 Feb 12, 1972 37 Belfast, IRL
55 Nick Schultz   D 6' 1" 200 Aug 25, 1982 27 Strasbourg, SK, CAN
36 John Scott   D 6' 8" 258 Sep 26, 1982 27 St. Catharine's, ON, CAN
51 James Sheppard   F 6' 2" 210 Apr 25, 1988 21 Halifax, NS, CAN
3 Marek Zidlicky   D 5' 11" 190 Feb 3, 1977 32 Most, CZE

High School Players:
Gina McDonald - Irondale (F)
Justin Holl - Minnetonka (D)
Nick Bjugstad - Blaine (F)

Alex Fons - Hopkins (G)

College Goalie: Stu Van Ess

Coaches: Mike Ramsey, PJ DeLuca

# Name Position Height Weight Date Of Birth Age Birth Place
24 Derek Boogaard   F 6' 8" 257 Jun 23, 1982 27 Saskatoon, SK, CAN
21 Kyle Brodziak   F 6' 2" 209 May 25, 1984 25 St. Paul, AB, CAN
15 Andrew Brunette   F 6' 1" 210 Aug 24, 1973 36 Sudbury, ON, CAN
D 6' 5" 219 Mar 9, 1985 24 AJAX, ON, CAN
F 6' 1" 195 JUN 2, 1985 24 CHICAGO, IL, USA
37 Josh Harding G 6' 1" 197 Jun 18, 1984 25 Regina, SK, CAN
34 Shane Hnidy   D 6' 2" 204 Nov 8, 1975 34 Neepawa, MB, CAN
5 Kim Johnsson   D 6' 1" 193 Mar 16, 1976 33 Malmo, SWE
9 Mikko Koivu
F 6' 2" 200 Mar 12, 1983 26 Turku, FIN
48 Guillaume Latendresse   F 6' 2" 230 May 24, 1987 22 Ste-Catherine, QC, CAN
6 Greg Zanon D 5' 11" 201 Jun 5, 1980 29 Burnaby, BC, CAN

High School Players:
Julia Gilbert - Proctor/Hermantown/Marshall (F)
Joe Faust - Bloomington Jefferson (D)
Wilson Housley - Stillwater (F)

Tim Shaughnessy - Hill-Murray (G)

College Goalie: Josh Swartout

Coaches: Bob Mason, Dave Barr


Race One:
Team Green – Gina mcdonald, justin holl, nick bjugstad
Team Red – julia gilbert, Joe faust, wilson housley
Race Two:
Team Green – Sheppard, Schultz, Belanger
Team Red – Broadziak, Zanon, Koivu
Race Three:
Team Green – Ebbett, Zidlicky, Clutterbuck
Team Red – earl, burns, Latendresse

Team green passers - ebbett, scott
team red passers - burns, earl
Round One:

Team Green – gina mcdonald
Team Red – julia gilbert
Round Two:
Team Green – Nolan
Team Red – Brunette
Round Three:
Team Green – Miettinen
Team Red – Johnsson
Round Four:
Team Green – Havlat
Team Red – koivu
Round One:
Team Green – justin holl vs. alex fons
Team Red – joe faust vs. tim shaughnessy
Round Two:
Team Green – TBD
Team Red – Latendresse
Round Three:
Team Green – Scott
Team Red – Hnidy
Round Four:
Team Green – Belanger
Team Red – Brodziak
Round Five:
Team Green – Clutterbuck
Team Red – Boogaard
Team Green Passers – Sheppard, Miettinen
Team Red Passers – Johnsson, Zanon
Round One:
Team Green – nick bjugstad vs. alex fons
Team Red – wilson housley vs. Tim Shaughnessy
Round Two:
Team Green – Ebbett vs. Josh Swartout
Team Red – Hnidy vs. van ess
Round Three:
Team Green – Schultz vs. Josh Swartout
Team Red – Brunette vs. Van ess
Round Four:
Team Green – Havlat vs. Josh Swartout

Team Red – Koivu vs. van ess
round One:
Team Green – Justin holl vs. alex fons
Team Red – joe faust vs. Tim Shaughnessy
round Two:
Team Green – nick bjugstad vs. alex fons
Team Red –  wilson housley vs. Tim Shaughnessy
round Three:
Team Green – scott vs. Josh Swartout
round Four:
Team Green –  schultz vs. Josh Swartout
Team Red –  zanon vs. van ess
round five:
Team Green – sheppard vs. Josh Swartout
Team Red – earl vs. van ess
round six:
Team Green –  ebbett vs. Josh Swartout
Team Red –  hnidy vs. van ess
round seven:
Team Green –  zidlicky vs. Josh Swartout
Team Red –  johnsson vs. van ess
round eight:
Team Green – clutterbuck vs. Josh Swartout
Team Red – brodziak vs. van ess
round nine:
Team Green –  havlat vs. Josh Swartout
Team Red –  brusn vs. van ess
round ten:
Team Green –  nolan vs. Josh Swartout
Team Red –  brunette vs. Backstrom
round eleven:
Team Green – belanger vs. Josh Swartout
Team Red – latendresse vs. van ess
round twelve:
Team Green –  miettinen vs. Josh Swartout

Team Red –  koivu vs. vaness
Minnesota Wild players will sign autographs at the following locations beginning at 10:30 a.m.  There is a $10 charge per autograph station.  Players will sign for the first 250 fans in line, or for one hour, whichever comes first.  Each line will close once 250 autograph tickets have been distributed. THE NHL LEGENDS WILL SIGN FOR THE FIRST 325 FANS IN LINE, OR FOR 90 MINUTES, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.

Autograph Station #1 – Section 109
Martin Havlat, Shane Hnidy, Andrew Ebbett

Autograph Station #2 – Section 114
Brent Burns, Marek Zidlicky, Antti Miettinen

Autograph Station #3 – Section 121
Owen Nolan, James sheppard

Autograph Station #4 – Section C21
Kim Johnsson, Nick Schultz

Autograph Station #5 – Section C25
Andrew Brunette, Chuck Kobasew, Greg Zanon

Autograph Station #6 – Section 206
Guillaume Latendresse, Eric Belanger, Kyle Brodziak

Autograph Station #7 – Section 215
Derek Boogaard, John Scott, Clayton Stoner

Autograph Station #8 – Section 217
Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding, robbie earl

State of Hockey Legends – NHL Alumni Lounge (Section C32)
Mike Ramsey, Phil Housley, Neal Broten
9:45 a.m.
Photos with the Stanley Cup – Section 104
Grab bags ($10), silent auction, raffle tickets ($5) and mini-helmet sale ($20) – Sections 102-105
Hockey Fun Zone – Zamboni tunnel (enter at elevators at Section 121)


10:00 a.m.  – 11:30 a.m.
State of Hockey Legends autographs – NHL Alumni Lounge (Section C32)

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Minnesota Wild autographs (see above for locations)

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
WCCO Radio’s "This Week in Hockey" – Section 103
12 P.m. - 12:30 p.m.: on-air with neal broten / phil housley / mike ramsey
12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.: on-air with g.m. chuck fletcher / head coach todd richards

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Minnesota Wild Skills Competition

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