It's all about the past, the present and the future of our pro hockey club during the upcoming 18-city, four-state 2010 Wells Fargo Minnesota Wild Road Tour, which blasts off on Monday, June 21. The three-leg tour wraps up Thursday, June 24 with the annual Wild Summer Bash at a new location: the Mall of America.
The Iron Finn, The Warrior and Bomber are back, joining Road Tour veteran Brent Burns, and newbies John Scott, Andrew Ebbett, Cody Almond
, Nate Prosser
and Clayton Stoner
As if those names aren't enough, you'll also get the chance to rub elbows with kings of the airwaves like Dan Terhaar, Mike Greenlay, Bob Kurtz, Tom Reid and the always lovable Kevin Falness. Nordy will also be on hand on two of the legs for mascot revelry.
The full schedule for the Road Tour can be found here
|Leg one celebrities include John Scott, Cody Almond, Antti Laaksonen, Mike Greenlay and Nordy. |
: An advanced tip to restaurants in northern Minnesota: double your food and beverage stocks for that week on the chance that the big boys from Leg one roll into your establishments. And some extra lutefisk wouldn't hurt either.
Greenlay, "Big John" Scott, Almond and Nordy especially, have some big bodies that are going to need ample nourishment after long days of travel, autographing and searching for Hope, the most famous bear cub alive. Those four will be joined by Antti "The Iron Finn" Laaksonen, the first Wild player ever to record a hat trick, and the owner of the longest consecutive games played streak in franchise history.
Leg one will make stops in the hockey hotbeds of Roseau, International Falls, Ely, Hibbing, Duluth and St. Cloud.
|Leg two celebrities include Brent Burns, Nate Prosser, Brad Bombardir, Dan Terhaar and Nordy. |
: It's all about homecomings on Leg two, as Prosser will visit his junior hockey home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and five-time Wild captain Brad "Bomber" Bombardir will relive his old college days in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Leg two, which will also include Prosser's close friend Burns, and soon-to-be close friends, Terhaar and Nordy, will set a new Road Tour record for most states visited in one trek. In three days, the caravan will make stops in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota. Apologies go out to Wisconsin, the only border state to be excluded this year.
This leg will start in Sioux City, Iowa, and include stops in Sioux Falls, Moorhead, Grand Forks, Fergus Falls and Alexandria. Prosser, a native of Elk River, Minn., played junior hockey for the Sioux Falls Stampede.
|Leg three celebrities include Andrew Ebbett, Clayton Stoner, Wes Walz, Bob Kurtz and Tom Reid. |
: While northern Minnesota has to bring in food reserves, the southern cities may have to bring some eager ears for listening to some of the best talkers around in Kurtz, Reid, Falness and "The Warrior" Walz. Current Wild players Ebbett and Stoner will get lessons in storytelling from one of the greats in Reid, and plenty of Wild history from Bob Kurtz, who has been in attendance for every game in the club's 10 years.
Leg three will begin in Rochester and continue on to Red Wing, Austin, Faribault, Waseca and Hutchinson.
Not only do fans in all of the cities get the chance to meet Wild players and obtain autographs, they also get the chance to help their local youth hockey organizations, and support our troops.
Wild partners Coca-Cola and Schweigert will be donating products for each city’s youth hockey association to sell at the stops, with all proceeds benefiting local youth hockey.
The Wild and Wells Fargo are also supporting Cell Phones for Soldiers on the Road Tour. Fans will receive a free puck or mug when donating a used cell phone at one of the Road Tour stops. Cell Phones for Soldiers will recycle the used cell phone and send a 60 minute phone card to a soldier overseas for each phone donated. Minnesota Army National Guard and Kemps will also be prominent at the stops on the 2010 Wells Fargo Minnesota Wild Road Tour.
Fans in the greater Twin Cities area shouldn't feel left out, because once again, the fifth annual Summer Bash will be in full tilt.
The Best Buy Rotunda at Mall of America will serve as the site of the Summer Bash on Thursday, June 24. From 6-9 p.m., fans will have a chance to play hockey-themed games and can take part in autograph sessions and photo opportunities with Wild celebrities. Activities will also be scheduled at the Sears Court and Bloomingdale’s Court.