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Guest Day At Wild Practice

by Glen Andresen / Minnesota Wild

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Wild TV: Andrew & Dan Brunette
Wild TV talks to Dan Brunette who is Andrew's father and guess on the team's road trip to Chicago

Video Journal: Monday's Practice Get a look at the Wild's visit to the United Center in Chicago and a peak at what a 'dress and drive' is

Wild TV: Nick & Terrence Schultz
Nick and older brother Terrence talk about the special guest trip to Chicago

Wild TV: Todd Richards
Todd talks about the trip and gives some hints as to what the lineup may look like Wild Guest Trip: Day I
The red-hot Chicago Blackhawks won’t be a picnic for the Minnesota Wild tomorrow night, but be glad the guys in green and red aren’t facing the Chicago Bulls. Prior to today’s dress-and-drive practice, a large contingent of Wild players took to the United Center court where the Bulls will host the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight.

Let’s just say there were very few converted three-point shots, and even fewer windmill dunks. Josh Harding has some game (he made that shot in the above photo), and I think Kyle Brodziak made a fair share of long-range jumpers. Still, the Wild Ballers lack some touch from the outside and they could use a solid point guard. John Scott was not cutting it.

In yesterday’s update, I mentioned that Brent Burns doesn’t get his size from his father, but today I saw where he gets the energy. Papa Burns took the most shots of anybody, and there wasn’t a rebound he wouldn’t run down. If NBA Draft analysts were watching, they’d say that Bob Burns “has a great motor.”

The Wild’s guests bused over to Johnny’s Icehouse for their practice today, and all the fathers and brothers watched them. It was definitely a high-energy practice, and coach Todd Richards said that having their dads watching was probably a motivator because they’d hear about it afterwards if they weren’t working hard.

Andrew Brunette, and his father, Dan, are the clear frontrunners for the look-alike contest. They even have the same facial expressions and the same guffaw of a laugh.

It’s understandable that at the beginning of this trip, the guests from one area of the globe tend to gravitate together. For example, the Finns hang out with the Finns, the French Canadians with the French Canadians, and so on.

Those cliques seem to have dissipated today as more and more groups are forming. It’s pretty clear that the Brunette’s have infiltrated the Finnish group. They dined together last night and shut the restaurant down together. Today, Mikko Koivu and his father, Jukka, walked behind the camera while I interviewed the Brunette’s, and they both let out the Bruno laugh.

Between that and Wild PR guru Ryan Stanzel motioning me to wrap it up because the bus was about to leave, I was a little distracted. But hopefully you’ll get some good stuff when the video is posted.

Tonight, the players and their guests are on their own to enjoy the sights and sounds of Chicago. Tomorrow, they’re invited to the power play and penalty kill meetings.

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