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Best Wild Week Ever

by Glen Andresen / Minnesota Wild
Tap each other's helmets guys, you had a hand in an undefeated week and the Best Wild Week Ever.
There are times growing up when you’ll answer the home phone and talk to the other person for a good five seconds before your mother picks up and says, “Hello?”

“Mom, I’ve got it,” you say.

“Who is it?” she asks.

“I’VE GOT IT!” you snap.

“Are you done with your homework?”

This is followed by very uncomfortable silence from the original caller, and about two weeks of anger from you.

For every one of those interactions, there were 100 home-cooked meals, 500 clean and folded shirts, 1,000 rides to and from everywhere and a whole heap of hugs and support.

While all of our moms deserve a trip to sunny California, at least 25 of them got to represent the State of Hockey out West for the Wild’s first road trip of the season. Moms may have their day in May, but we’re giving them a whole week in October, and it just happens to be the Best Wild Week Ever. Now, hang up the phone and read all about it.

Monday, October 8, 2007

With a day off on Sunday, and another game not scheduled until Wednesday, Head Coach Jacques Lemaire put the Wild through a long, but fun-filled practice at the Xcel Energy Center. The practice, which included two-on-two scrimmages and a breakaway contest, lasted about 75 minutes. Nick Schultz missed out on all of the fun.

The Wild defenseman was at the hospital, where his wife, Jessica, gave birth to the couple’s first child. Jake Douglas Schultz weighed in at six pounds, 10 ounces, and all three of the Schultz’s were doing great. It seems like just yesterday when Schultz was a fresh-faced, and wide-eyed rookie. Now, he’s a seasoned veteran with a wife, a kid, and an undefeated Fantasy Football team.

Jake, BWWE would like to welcome you to the family, and we’d also like to extend the first offer to be your “family advisor” when it comes time for you to sign your first NHL contract.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Show up for Call of the Wild, and you too might get a shutout later in the week.
When the team is in town, it’s a weeknight and there isn’t a game to be played, you can bet your new shipment of business cards that there will be a Wild player appearance. On Tuesday, there were two. Kurtis Foster and Mark Parrish were the featured guests at Hockey Unplugged at Axel’s Bonfire in Plymouth.

And, Josh Harding appeared at Billy’s On Grand for a Call of the Wild taping. Harding brought both his mom and dad to the show, and proceeded to entertain the masses with some insightful information. For example, he talked about once losing a game 29-1, which probably didn’t do wonders for his goals against average that year, and also meant that he wasn’t having the Best Wild Week Ever back then. Let’s just hope that when Josh gets his first start of the season, possibly later this week, he keeps the opposition below 20.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Edmonton Oiler goaltender Dwayne Roloson gave us so many memories during the time he sported the Wild sweater. But, here at Best Wild Week Ever, we only think back in seven-day increments, and the only goaltenders we remember now are Niklas Backstrom and Harding.

Backstrom entered Wednesday’s game against the Oilers with a 4-0-0 all-time record, two shutouts and a 0.50 goals against average against Edmonton (Okay, so we look back a little). After a 21-save performance, the record and shutout numbers were raised while the goals against average number dropped.

Brent Burns scored his second consecutive game-winner, and Pavol Demitra pocketed his first goal of the season. Marian Gaborik picked up an assist on each goal.

In case you don’t have a calculator handy, that’s two player appearances, one win, one shutout and a new baby. We’re only three days in, and we are well on the way to a Best Wild Week Ever.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

On Thursday, we were proud to announce the addition of the newest member to the BWWE staff, Brad Bombardir. Brad is a former Wild defenseman, who then took a job in the Wild community relations department, with some part-time work as a sideline broadcaster.

We felt that Bombardir’s skills weren’t being fully realized, so we offered him the position of Assistant to the Best Wild Week Ever Manager. Bombardir accepted and his first assigned role was to find a good Youtube clip to show because nothing interesting happened on Thursday. Bombardir initially wanted to show a clip to a Saturday Night Live skit featuring Justin Timberlake, but instead, we’ll link to this SNL gem.
Friday, October 12, 2007

For the first time in franchise history, the Minnesota Wild locker room smelled good on Friday morning. That’s because more than 20 mothers of Wild players were walking around and posing for pictures with their sons. We’re not sure if the appealing aroma came from some sort of air mixture of perfume, or just because the boys finally decided to clean up knowing that mom was coming. Either way, it was a welcome change to us media types, who admittedly have our own odor issues.

To see which Wild players look most like their mothers, click here. We vote for Kurtis Foster and his "mum."

Friday was the start to a Wild road trip in which the mom’s would accompany their sons through Phoenix and Los Angeles. Prior to leaving, the group went over the itinerary, and then did their photo shoot. From there, it was time to depart. Despite Lemaire’s concern about the plane taking off with all of the excess luggage, the flight went off without a hitch. Although, many have said that the noise level was much louder than usual.
Saturday, October 13, 2007

The mothers donned their son’s red sweaters and took up a few rows of seats at Arena to watch the Wild take on the Phoenix Coyotes. The effort on the ice wasn’t reminiscent of your typical BWWE performance, but as we say here, the result is the most important thing. With the Wild trailing in the third period, Joanne Boogaard did an interview with Coyote television and accurately predicted a Wild comeback.

The result, after goals from Marian Gaborik, Mikko Koivu and Eric Belanger, was another Wild win, and further proof that the week was shaping into the Best Wild Week Ever.

Thanks Joanne!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Nick Schultz withstood Ryan Getzlaf's slaps, and the Wild withstood 37 Anaheim shots in a 2-0 win.
The Wild closed out the week against the Big, Bad Anaheim Ducks on their pond. Having eked out a win the night before, and with a backup goaltender between the pipes, an outsider may have given the Wild little to no chance of winning.

Come on! This is the Best Wild Week Ever and we’re gunning for an 82-0-0 season. You know how we do. Mr. Harding was spectacular in stopping 37 Duck shots. Brian Rolston and Parrish scored their first goals of the season in the second period. Derek Boogaard finally threw down with Brad May…and George Parros. And, Nick Schultz even tangled with Ryan Getzlaf, who really annoys everyone on the BWWE staff to no end.

Again, the fifth consecutive win was the result, and actually, the Wild has now won its last eight regular season games with five of them being shutouts. You would think that would lead to Wild goaltenders having the Best Wild Week Ever, but it’s actually someone else…

…Who Had The Best Wild Week Ever?

It's time for a group photo for the women who are having the Best Wild Week Ever.
Wild moms. Sure, a trip through Phoenix and Los Angeles that includes first class flying and shopping trips is a nice reward for the moms. It comes close to paying them back for the early morning rides to practice, the standing and cheering in snow banks and frigid cold arenas, the meals after the games and the unconditional love, does it not?


Well, how about we tell them they’re having the Best Wild Week Ever, and call it even.
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