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Conditioning test the highlight of camp's first day

Up-tempo practice mixed with plenty of whiteboard work as players adjust to new system

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Digital Content Coordinator

Wild Training Camp Day 1 Group A

Wild Training Camp Day 1 Group A

Charlie Coyle, Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker talk about their first on-ice session of Wild training camp

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Even though Wild players knew it was coming, it didn't make it any easier. 

With a new coaching staff and new systems to digest, the highlight of the first day of coach Bruce Boudreau's first training camp were the conditioning tests performed at the end of each practice session. 

The test required players to skate 4 1/2 lengths of the ice, three separate times with two minute breaks in between. Players had 38 seconds to complete the first rotation and 41 seconds in the second and third trips.

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Three things to watch for at training camp

There are plenty of things to keep an eye on as the Wild opens its first training camp under coach Bruce Boudreau

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Digital Content Coordinator

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Wild will officially begin its 17th training camp Friday morning at Xcel Energy Center.

Here are three things to monitor when it comes to the action on the ice:

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U.S. drops World Cup finale to Czech Republic

Parise registers assist as Americans finish tournament winless

by Evan Sporer / Special to Wild.com

TORONTO - As Zach Parise took a pass on the goal line, he didn't survey his options: He already knew what he was going to do. 

Parise had a power play assist, his first point in a competitive hockey game since April 3, and a sign both his body and hockey brain are ready for NHL action. 

The United States lost to the Czceh Republic 4-3 on Thursday. The result, much like the game, was going to be inconsequential, especially from a Minnesota Wild perspective.

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Minnesota Wild remembers Walter Bush

State of Hockey native was a giant in the sport both locally and nationally

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / NHL.com

Walter Bush, a legend in the sport of hockey in Minnesota and the United States, passed away on Thursday.

He was 86.

Bush served as president of USA Hockey for nearly two decades and was instrumental in bringing the NHL to Minnesota when he helped found the North Stars.

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Team Finland wraps World Cup with loss to Russia

Granlund, Koivu and Haula will arrive at Wild training camp on Monday

by Evan Sporer / Special to Wild.com

TORONTO - Down on a knee, all Mikael Granlund could do is watch his one-time shot ring off the post and sail wide, inches away from giving Finland a lead. 

In some ways, the play was a microcosm of the tournament for Finland, who finished group play on Thursday with a 3-0 loss to Russia, ending a winless World Cup for the Finns. 

After Jori Lehtera was able to force a turnover in the offensive zone, he and Granlund had a 2-on-1 down low. With goalie Sergei Bobrovsky high in his crease shaded toward Lehtera, he passed the puck over to Granlund, whose shot rang off the post.

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Veterans find their way around at Media Day

Players and coaches return to Xcel Energy Center for annual introduction to the media

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Digital Content Coordinator

ST. PAUL -- The normally quiet bowels of Xcel Energy Center were buzzing with action on Thursday as Minnesota Wild players were shuttled from station to station, completing their preseason obligations on Media Day.

After a long summer away from the arena, some players were catching up with their teammates, asking how the offseason went.  

"It's like the first day of school," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. "You get to see everybody again and it should be exciting. If you love your job, it's an exciting time of the year."

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Wild duo spearheading a youth movement for Finland

Still in their mid-20s, Haula and Granlund are two of the older players on a roster trending younger

by Evan Sporer / Special to Wild.com

TORONTO - On the Minnesota Wild, forwards Erik Haula, age 25, and Mikael Granlund, age 24, are considered part of a young core. 

In Finnish years, they're much older. 

"I feel old myself right now," said Granlund, sitting next to Haula in a room full of their teammates, virtually all of them younger. 

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Canada Defeats Europe, Wins Group

Niederreiter, Europeans advance to semifinals of the World Cup despite loss

by Evan Sporer / Special to Wild.com

TORONTO - While Team Europe was exceeding the expectations set by many prior to the World Cup of Hockey through two games, it was par for the course for Canada. 

On Wednesday, the host country's drive toward continued international hockey dominance continued, and dealt Europe its first road bump. 

Canada put in its third dominating performance in as many games at Air Canada Centre, defeating Europe on Wednesday 4-1. 

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Team USA Disappointed In World Cup Performance

Players left wondering what might have been after losses to Europe and Canada

by Evan Sporer / Special to Wild.com

TORONTO - Less than 24 hours after a disappointing early exit from the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, members of the United States team didn't have answers to what led to its failures.

"I thought we had the assets to do better than we did, definitely," Zach Parise said. "Again, it's disappointing sitting here 0-2 because I thought going into the tournament we were going to do a better job than that. Unfortunately we didn't, but I thought going into it we would have a great chance to make it into that semifinals, and give ourselves a chance."

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Upstart Europeans Anything But An Underdog

After having little success separately, Team Europe has come together nicely at World Cup

by Evan Sporer / Special to Wild.com

TORONTO - Over the past 40 years, the same six teams have earned every medal handed out in ice hockey at the Winter Olympics. 

Not coincidentally, those six countries kept their spots in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The rest of the world became an experiment. 

If for anything else but parity's sake, the inclusion of Team Europe and Team North America at hockey's latest best-on-best tournament has leveled the playing field.

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