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Darryl Sydor is Arrested for Driving Under the Influence and Child Endangerment

  As summer draws to close, many of us are taking advantage of the great weather to fire up the grill, head out on the nearest or favorite lake, getting in some last-minute vacations before children head back to school. With Labor Day but a few weeks away, we know that fall is soon upon […]

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Jacques Lemaire Joining the Maple Leafs and What it Means for Toronto

People like their constants in life.  We relish the predictability because it provides stability in our chaotic and random lives.  This is somewhat in true in sports where changes seem commonplace yet we still hold tightly to our paradigms of how we think things should work.  Many felt Wayne Gretzky was untradeable but it happened, […]

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Jordan Leopold Talks: The First Tee Program, Leadership Building and Hockey

It has been a long and windy road for Jordan Leopold, the former Robbinsdale Armstrong star and Hoby Baker Award winner (2001-02) in his 12-year NHL career.  He’s played for 8 different teams over that span and 3 different organizations last season alone which includes his 18-game regular season stint with the Minnesota Wild. “As […]

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What if the Minnesota North Stars had won the Stanley Cup in 1991?

I was in 6th grade when the Minnesota North Stars made their miraculous run to the Stanley Cup Finals. The 2nd worst team in the league (27-39-14) that season somehow managed to knock off the mighty Chicago Blackhawks in round one (kind of hurts doesn’t it Minnesota Wild?) and then the St. Louis Blues and […]

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Team Green rolls to a 6-3 victory over Team White

Do you remember your first major athletic contest you ever played in?  I remember my first varsity game like it was yesterday.  Stepping out from the locker room and making my way to the football field and to a massive crowd of people outside of Fred Moore Junior High in Anoka.  Where this sea of […]

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2015 Minnesota Wild Prospect Camp Opens This Week

With the ‘free agent frenzy’ behind them, the Minnesota Wild switches its focus towards the collection of young players in its prospect pool as its annual summer prospect camp opens on July 9th.  For fans, the prospect camp offers a few small opportunities to get their hockey fix in the form of two Team Green […]

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Phil Housley selected to be in the 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class

A few years back I campaigned hard to see 500+ goal scorer Dino Ciccarelli to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Finally in 2010, the Hockey Hall of Fame came to its senses and finally allowed the goalmouth sniper to join this prestigious group of alumni in which he was more than deserving. […]

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Devan Dubnyk signs 6-year extension & Day Two 2015 NHL draft breakdown

Winning the Masterton Trophy this season was nice for Devan Dubnyk, but he might be feeling that much better after being signed to a 6-year extension worth a yearly cap hit of $4.33 million.  The deal was probably longer than the Minnesota Wild wanted to commit too, but it also quickly solves the goaltending question […]

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Minnesota Wild select Joel Eriksson Ek 20th Overall in 2015

The draft for any of the major sports is magnified or diluted in its importance by the state of an organization each year it is held.  I doubt the Chicago Blackhawks are too worried or overly concerned about not having a selection in the 1st round.  A Stanley Cup victory might have an effect on […]

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2015 NHL Mock Draft-A-Palooza, some Minnesota Wild Fans’ Perspective

Last week, the sporting world sort held its breath at the Belmont Stakes with that chance for the elusive Triple Crown.  Would American Pharoah break the 37-year drought?  Then the race begins and all of that hope, expectation and becomes moot as soon as American Pharoah cleared the gate.  Fortunately for the horse racing world, […]

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2015 Wild Draft Preview: Sleepers & Steals

As the Stanley Cup Finals have begun, one of the biggest stories in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s run has been the remarkable play of Tyler Johnson.  Johnson, who went through 3 NHL drafts without being selected is making every team in the league ask themselves “how did we not pick this guy?” and perhaps reconsider […]

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2015 Wild Draft Preview: Goaltenders

Over the last 20 years, the Minnesota Vikings were often teased for all of the different quarterbacks they have used.  Its an amazing yet shockingly long list of players that have commanded the team’s most important position.  Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham, Brad Johnson, Jeff George, Spergon Wynn, Todd Bouman, Daunte Culpepper, Tavaris Jackson, Kelly Holcomb, […]

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