With the Minnesota Wild
just hours from playing a game in Ottawa on Tuesday night, they can already call this visit a bigger success than the previous one they had two years ago.
The Wild put forth a lackluster effort in a 4-1 loss at Scotiabank Place on Dec. 18, 2009. You can forgive the players, though, considering they lost about 95 percent of their equipment in a truck fire about 24 hours prior to the game.
The fire was caused by a blowtorch that ignited in one of the equipment bags, something that the team made sure to avoid this time around before they flew from Long Island to Ottawa over the weekend.
"I called the truck driver and told him, 'We won't need a torch in the truck for this pickup, so leave it at the rink,'" Wild equipment manager Tony DaCosta said jokingly to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "As an equipment manager, that would be your worst nightmare. I've seen where you can lose a bag and make that work. But you lose the whole team, or 95 percent of it, when you think back, it's amazing we actually played the game and the League made us play the game."