We’re not sure, but we think Wild Assistant Equipment Manager Brent Proulx might have skipped a few days in his blog entry, but that’s okay. Brent was kind enough to provide us some behind the scenes insight as to what goes on off the ice at an event like the 2006 NHL Centre I.C.E. Prospects Tournament, where the Wild finished up yesterday with a 8-7 shootout loss to Tampa Bay.
| Brent Proulx checks in one final time from the ferry ride from Michigan to Wisconsin. |
In his final installment, Proulx talks about the planning and hard labor that goes into packing up and shipping out of Traverse City, Michigan.
Our last day in Traverse City was spent planning our journey back to Saint Paul. In the hours leading up to our final game vs Tampa Bay, we packed up trunks and bags that were not needed for the game and loaded it on the equipment truck. This definitely gave us a head start on things before all of the players’ equipment was to get loaded after the game.
Just to give you an idea as to the amount of equipment that goes into keeping an NHL club on the ice: (2) equipment trunks with supplies, practice sweaters and socks bags, (2) extra equipment bags, game sweater trunk, coaches bags, (2) medical trunks, (20) player equipment bags, and (2) stick bags.
Following the shootout loss to Tampa, the players packed their bags and brought them out to the truck. Rick and I loaded the remaining bags and trunks, and we left Centre Ice Arena for the hotel as we stayed the night before departing for Minnesota.
That brings us to the last part of the trip as I’m writing this final entry while sitting on the ferry heading back to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. As previously mentioned, we plan to make that special (cough) journey to the house that Curly Lambeau built. Yes, we’ll be following the yellow brick road to snap a picture at Lambeau Field. Once we leave "Oz" and arrive in the Twin Cities, we’ll head straight to Parade Ice Garden where we will unpack the players equipment bags and prepare for the start of training camp on Friday morning.