ST. PAUL -- Wild players, coaches and staff weigh in on the team's new practice facility inside TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center.
General Manager Paul Fenton: "The investment that [owner] Craig [Leipold] put into there and the Wild and just to build this brand and to be -- I don't know of anywhere where you're this close to your practice rink and your game rink. Everybody that gets into a routine, you're coming to the one spot. It isn't like you're traveling 10 minutes outside of town to go some place. I think the way it is, how beautiful it is, the different types of machinery that's in there on top of the ice itself is gonna make it just a great place for our players to train and get better."
Coach Bruce Boudreau: "It's amazing. I've asked for a golf cart just to get around. It's too friggin' big. It certainly tells me that, hey, ownership and management is doing everything they can from hiring a professional chef, for having a theater, for having every known treatment kind of thing there, that they're willing to pay the price. There's no stone unturned."
Defenseman Jared Spurgeon: "It's pretty amazing, the thought that goes into it, the time and just all the people. You can see the pride ... about how hard they had to work to put this together. I think we're pretty spoiled to have something like this. When you grow up playing hockey, you're in some pretty tiny and not the greatest rinks and dressing rooms, but to be able to walk into something like this every single day and have everything at your fingertips is pretty cool."
Video: New practice facility unveiled
Travis Larson, Xcel Energy Center ice operations manager and event manager: "As for the building, the whole glass wall, that's tintable and runs on automatic so it reduces the glare. As the sun comes around, it goes darker so the players aren't getting blinded by direct sunlight coming in. Goalies don't like that when the sun's coming in.
"It's only a three-block walk. It's not that bad of a walk at all, especially in the summer. In the winter, it only sucks on the windy days. But you just walk faster."
Video coach Jonas Plumb: "We tried our best to make it as comfortable and as technologically advanced so the players can have anything they could possibly dream of for video."
Strength and conditioning coach Sean Skahan: "This is an unbelievable facility. I'm looking forward to [working in it]. I always envisioned myself designing a weight room like this, and to see it come to fruition is pretty cool."
Goaltender Devan Dubnyk: "Unreal. I'm gonna get lost in here."
Video: The Building of TRIA Rink