Walking back up to the office, it is truly hard to believe it's hockey season! What a warm and slightly muggy day in the Twin Cities.
Media Day was a success. Physicals were done early, so we were able to get some of the veterans underway early. Some of the minor league prospects are still over there taking headshots and other photos. Lunch was outstanding - pasta, meatballs and chicken parm.Niklas Backstrom
has a strong start in the "RSS Feed Player of the Year" category. Nik was in New York last week as part of the NHL Media Tour. The players spent an evening in a suite at Yankee Stadium. Nik brought me back a nice Derek Jeter T-shirt. That is one less interview I'll make him do (I'm kidding)...
Also nice to see fashion guru Cal Clutterbuck
, who remarked "Stanzel, you match today." As in, he was surprised. Not only did I match, but I had the same shirt on as Wild GM Chuck Fletcher. He said he would upgrade his wardrobe for tonight's team dinner, so I am good to wear this shirt again tonight.
The ticket on-sale was a success. Hundreds of folks were wrapped around the building when I arrived this morning just after 9.
I've gotten a couple e-mails already (firstname.lastname@example.org
), thanks for reading! I will get to some e-mails later in the weekend. Tomorrow, the boys are on the ice for the first time at 10:30. Don't forget about the open scrimmage, doors open at 11! And, sign up for that Wild Twitter Feed (http://twitter.com/mnwild
Saturday, 9 a.m.
It's hard to believe it has been a year since the Wild.com braintrust (I'll omit the names, to protect the guilty and/or innocent, depending how you look at it) thought that you, as Wild fans, would appreciate some behind-the-scenes looks at your favorite NHL team during training camp.
Me? I just wanted to come up with something entertaining and information-filled enough for my mom to read (if only I knew, she had little interest).
You liked the R.S.S. Feed, as did I, and it went from a two-week experiment to a season full of hockey talk, laughs and as importantly, press meals.
The 2009-2010 R.S.S. Feed begins anew, today. We'll try to provide you with even more this season. I am in the process of updating my early-model hand-held device for something with a camera to take pictures on the road. There may be less written content in the actual blog, and more updates on Twitter. So you'll want to make sure you sign up for the official Minnesota Wild Twitter page (http://twitter.com/mnwild
I will warn you, it may take awhile to shake off the off-season rust. You can't expect my ribs at Wild radio's (and expectant dad) Kevin Falness to be as good today, as they will be in January. It is training camp for all of us.
The Wild officially hits the ice Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Xcel Energy Center. Don't forget that the scrimmage portion will be open to the public (and FREE!) from 11-12:30. I will hopefully be updating the R.S.S. Feed and Twitter often during the session. Monday's session (same time) will be open to the public, too. Sounds like an extended lunch for businesspeople in St. Paul...
We're at the office early today for a full day. Wild players began their physicals at 7 a.m. The Wild's first official "Media Day" begins in an hour. Typically early in the season, we exhaust our players with requests for TV headshots, those shots you see on the scoreboard during the game, etc. So our rightsholders will all be at the rink this morning. Hopefully each player will be done in an hour to 90 minutes. They all have a Wild staffer/volunteer assigned to them, so they don't miss any stops. Don't worry guys, I wouldn't want to talk to Falness, either.
We'll have a bit of a break in the afternoon, before a team dinner inside the arena at Headwaters tonight. The players will find out tonight who is in Group A and Group B for training camp. The Wild will have only two days of practice before its first pre-season game, Tuesday at St. Louis.
E-mails are welcomed all season long, especially in training camp. Please feel free to drop a note anytime to email@example.com