The holiday season is fun for all ages, but there is something even more special about this time of this year if you’re a kid. Maybe it’s the extreme amounts of sugar you’re allowed to eat, or the time off from school, but perhaps the biggest reason has to do with a big guy in a red suit and the presents he brings.
We all have cherished recollections from this time of the year, and more often than not, our favorite memories are from our childhood. Minnesota Wild players may have an outrageous level of athletic ability, but they’re no different than us on this subject. We asked several players to recall the best Christmas present they've ever received.
In the spirit of the season, members of the Minnesota Wild share their favorite presents and the memories surrounding them. Who knows? Maybe there's some ideas here for all you last minute shoppers.Derek Boogaard
– A GT Snow Racer when I was six. It’s like a sled on skis with a steering wheel. I loved it and was constantly on it.Kyle Brodziak
– I got a guitar from my mom when I was about 18 or 19 years old. It wasn’t my first guitar but I liked it a lot.Cal Clutterbuck
– I think it’s a tie between the Xbox 360 and my first heavy-duty hockey net. I got the Xbox when it first came out so that was a big deal, and I got the hockey net when I was about 11 or 12. I definitely wore it out.Andrew Ebbett
– G.I. Joe toys when I was about six or seven. The best part about it was my parents surprised me and had everything ready to go. It was set up like a display in the store and was ready for me to play right away.Josh Harding
– A Sega Genesis with the NHL ’94 game when I was nine.Kim Johnsson
– A hockey helmet when I was about five or six. I think I even have a picture of me sleeping in it too.Chuck Kobasew
– My first ever street hockey set. It had a net, sticks and goalie pads. I was about seven or eight years old and played ice hockey the same age I did street hockey.Mikko Koivu
– A pair of hockey gloves. Pajamas from my grandma every Christmas was always a highlight, too.Antti Miettinen
– It’s the early Christmas present I got this year. My wife had our first child December 20th.
– DNR Hockey gloves when I was about seven or eight years old. They were sweet. I’m pretty sure there is a picture of me sleeping in a chair with them still on. I also loved getting Don Cherry’s Rock’em, Sock’em video in the stocking every year. I was always the first one up waiting on everyone else to come down. I’d watch the video while my brothers were still asleep, and then watch it again. When they finally woke up, I already knew where all the best scenes were.John Scott
– The first Sega Genesis system when I was seven or eight. It was awesome. My favorite games were Sonic the Hedgehog and Mortal Kombat.James Sheppard
– Street hockey goalie pads. Other kids would end up using them when we’d play hockey, so I didn’t use them much. They were my only pair.Clayton Stoner
– That would have to be a dog when I was about six years old. I was upset and thought Santa forgot to get me a present, but my parents came out of the garage with a German Shepherd/Lab mix. I named her Heidi – I’m not really sure why since it’s kind of a weird name for a dog. It was probably because our family friends had a dog named Heidi and I was young enough that I thought it should be her name too.Greg Zanon
– The joy of watching my kids open Christmas presents; that’s it
right now. My oldest is four years old, so I’ve been able to enjoy it for a few years now.Marek Zidlicky
– My first good hockey stick when I was about seven or eight years old. It wasn’t my first stick, but it was the nicest one I had ever received.