I can’t begin to tell you how invigorating it is to type those five words. It makes my fingers tingle.
Some of you Wild.com readers might be familiar with that salutation, and some might be familiar with me. For those who are unfamiliar with my work, consider this a formal warning, and if you keep it up, you’re looking at a demerit.
I will do you the service of re-introducing myself. My name is Glen, and I worked for the Minnesota Wild from 2001 through 2007, the final three years of which I spent manning the keyboard for Wild.com. In January of 2008, I left to join a marketing company, and after realizing that while being behind a computer is where I belong, that computer needs to be in a hockey arena for me to truly be happy.
A week ago, I came back to the banks of the Mighty Mississippi as the Wild’s Managing Editor, and I return to find a new owner, a new General Manager, a new Head Coach, and new faces of the franchise.
Here’s what I learned: the new owner is from Wisconsin, but I refuse to hold that against him. The General Manager went to Harvard (or as I refer to it, the Minnesota-Duluth of the East Coast), but I still think I could take him in a game of Hangman. The Head Coach played hockey for the Gophers, and I try to be nice to him because he undoubtedly was forced to matriculate there after a denial from the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs.
Finally, I learned that the faces of the franchise are all better at hockey than me. And, I mean a lot better. In fact, every player that has ever pulled on a Wild sweater is a better hockey player than me.
So, if you’re looking for me to write an overly critical piece that slams a player for underperforming, or screwing up, you aren’t going to get it. This is not because the Wild is throwing stacks upon stacks of Hamilton’s at me, but because I have come to realize that no matter how bad I want a win, the players want it just as much, if not more. The players will have off nights, but so will all of us.
I believe Wild.com should be about entertainment and breaking news surrounding the team and the state’s hockey community. Like all of you, I am a fan, and unlike a traditional member of the media, I’m allowed to root for this team that I’m covering. That doesn’t mean I will always refrain from writing something negative if needed, but I am more focused on trying to give fans content that they won’t get anywhere else.
Hockey is fun, and hopefully Wild fans will come here to read stories and watch videos for that very purpose. It is my job to give fans what they want, and that means frequent news updates on the team, features on players and coaches, and hopefully some commentaries (I still try to refrain from using the word “blog” whenever possible) that might make you smile, or even laugh. I will be at nearly every home game, and a large number of road trips (I’m actually in a San Jose hotel room as I type this).
I know the passion of hockey fans here in Minnesota, and I want to hear from you whenever you have a question, suggestion, or a complaint.
Finally, I ask that you enjoy the ride. It will sometimes be bumpy, but that’s just when you put both hands in the air, scream with delight and know there will be a soft landing.