Very little happened on the ice at the Minnesota Wild's practice on Friday at Kanata Rec Centre in Kanata, Ontario, but things changed afterward. An equipment truck carrying some of the Minnesota Wild's gear caught fire in the Scotiabank Place parking lot. There were no injuries to anyone aboard the van.
The members of the Wild's front office staff are currently in the process of determining the damage to the equipment, and the team has released the following statement:
“There was a fire in an equipment van in the parking lot at Scotiabank Place this afternoon. Some of the Minnesota Wild’s equipment has been damaged. The Wild is in the process of taking inventory to determine the damage to our equipment.”
Assistant Equipment Manager Brent Proulx, who travels with the team tonight, is going to board a plane back to Minnesota tonight. Proulx, Assistant Equipment Manager Matt Benz and Chris Pietrzak-Wegner will gather replacement equipment and load it onto a plane bound for Ottawa at 5:30 AM tomorrow morning.
The plane that will carry the trio and the equipment is scheduled to carry the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks home from Cleveland following their game tonight. The plane was originally scheduled to fly from Milwaukee to Ottawa tomorrow night. It will now fly to the Twin Cities tonight, and then quickly turn around and head to Canada tomorrow morning with the replacement equipment in tow.
The Wild's team bus had departed the practice rink separately and dropped several players off at a local restaurant area. Head Coach Todd Richards was notified just as the bus pulled into the hotel parking lot. Richards returned to the scene with Assistant to the General Manager, Jim Mill, and PR coordinator, Ryan Stanzel.