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Best of Hockey Unplugged - Sep. 21

by Kevin Falness / Minnesota Wild

Hockey Unplugged is an event that Wild players and fans look forward to throughout the season. Unplugged host Kevin Falness engages in an always-entertaining Question & Answer period with two players, which is then followed by an autograph session. Already, we’ve got one Unplugged under our belt, and it featured two fan favorites: Cal Clutterbuck and Kyle Brodziak. Those two stooges appeared at Two Stooges in Fridley and here’s the best of what they had to say:

For the entire audio recap, click here.

KF:    In that past, your linemates changed not only game to game, but also sometimes shift to shift.  Now, under Todd Richards, there seems to be a bit more consistency. I assume that as players you’re all for that?

CC:    Yeah, it’s definitely a good thing. It kind of helps the confidence and the level of comfort you have out there on the ice. It takes a lot of the thinking out of it, and it allows you to just go out and play and have a good feel for the game. I definitely prefer to have regular linemates that I’m comfortable with, which gives you an added confidence boost for sure.

KF:    How about trash talking? It seems like sometimes that comes with the territory for some guys when they’re on the ice, but nobody seems to have it down better than Clutterbuck, would you agree Kyle?

KB:    You know, whenever I hear Cal talking I usually get a good laugh on the ice. He’s got a few funny remarks towards the other players. Sometimes you lose your concentration and you want to listen to the conversations going on, especially with the benches being so close.

CC:    I don’t know why, but I just feel more involved if I’m always talking. Half the time I don’t even remember what comes out of my mouth. I just say whatever comes to my head and that’s what comes out. Whether it’s rated PG or rated R, it just comes out.

KF:    Coming up in November, the New York Rangers are coming to St. Paul.  Cal, you were good friends with former Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard. Do you have that game circled on the calendar as you get a chance to deliver a hit on the former #24?

CC:    He could be not looking away from me and just standing still, and I could be going full speed and I still don’t think I’d be able to knock him over. I don’t think he’s too concerned about it – I’m more worried about him hitting me. But I’ll keep my head up during the two or three minutes he’s on the ice.

KF:    Growing up in Canada and playing street hockey, I bet you guys pretended to be somebody else and score the Stanley Cup clinching goal in Game #7.
KB:    I grew up just outside of Edmonton, but I was always a huge Mario Lemieux fan. Gretzky too.

CC:    I always wanted to be the goalie for some reason. Maybe I was just too lazy and didn’t want to run around a lot. I would just stand in front of the net and dive backwards and try and make ridiculous saves. I don’t know why. Obviously, I was a pretty deranged kid.

Be sure to join the Wild for the next Hockey Unplugged on Tuesday, October 26th at Jimmy’s in Vadnais Heights, from 7-9PM with Matt Cullen and Greg Zanon.
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