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Wild on the Water raises $30,000 for charities

United Heroes League, Minnesota Wild Foundation the beneficiaries of last weekend's events

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild and Ron Schara Productions jointly announced today that the second annual Wild on the Water Bass Fishing Tournament presented by Alumacraft raised $30,000 for charity. 

The Minnesota Wild Coaches Team captained by Head Coach Bruce Boudreau and Ron Schara won the event and have chosen United Heroes League to receive $5,000. The Minnesota Wild Foundation will receive the remaining proceeds. The event was held at Izatys Resort on Mille Lacs Lake and featured a VIP event July 13 followed by the fishing tournament and a free Bash on the Beach event July 14 presented by What's the Scoop? ice cream shop.

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Army named new Iowa head coach

Former Providence College standout and head coach spent last season as an assistant with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

by Iowa Wild @iawild / IowaWild.com

DES MOINES -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton announced today the hiring of Tim Army as the Iowa Wild's next head coach. 

Army, 55, brings 30 years of coaching experience across the NHL, AHL and NCAA to the Wild. Army joins Iowa from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, where he served as an assistant coach during the 2017-18 season. Ahead of his time with the Penguins, Army spent six seasons as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche from 2011-2017.

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Halme's North American ascent continues in Minnesota

Defenseman starred for Wild coach Bruce Boudreau's junior team in Coon Rapids, took part in this year's Wild development camp

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- To say Oskari Halme's transition to North American hockey went well would be quite the understatement.

A defenseman from Tampere, Finland, Halme played his entire career in his home country until an opportunity to suit up for the Minnesota Blue Ox last season. The Blue Ox are, of course, owned by Wild coach Bruce Boudreau, and the chance to play for a team owned by an NHL coach was simply too much to pass up.

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For new aide Evason, Wild transition is ongoing

New assistant coach was hired June 6 after six seasons as head coach of Nashville's top farm team

by Jessi Pierce / Special to Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Wild assistant coach Dean Evason had his plate full during the weeklong development camp at Xcel Energy Center, and very little of that had to do with the Xs and Os associated with watching and coaching Wild prospects.

"We haven't really settled in yet," admitted Evason, who's in the process of making the nearly five-hour move from Milwaukee to the Twin Cities area. "We haven't quite found a place to live. My wife's coming to look. We've been [to Minnesota] a couple of times for meetings, but haven't really had that opportunity to find a home."

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Menell a pleasant surprise heading into second pro campaign

Defenseman posted eight goals, 25 points in 72 games with Iowa last season

by Jessi Pierce / Special to Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Brad Bombardir best describes defenseman Brennan Menell as a "surprise."

"A good surprise," said Bombardir, Minnesota Wild director of player development, "but definitely a surprise."

Menell, 21, is used to surprising folks, almost having grown accustomed to being overlooked. 

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Bombardir, Fenton thrilled as development camp concludes

McBain, Bouramman honored with awards as new GM's first camp with club wraps up Sunday

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Development camp is a labor of love for many, but perhaps no more than for the Wild's director of player development, Brad Bombardir.

Weeks and months of planning go into the week-long event in downtown St. Paul, and with another camp in the books following the final scrimmage of the week Sunday night at Xcel Energy Center, the Wild's front office members will now go about evaluating exactly what they saw.

"The kids this week, they worked," Bombardir said. "Once in a while, you have a few guys you have to kind of kick a little bit to get going, but they all worked this week. They all got along, they all had fun."

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Summer of Seeler rolls on at Wild on the Water

Defenseman, father haul in biggest bass at second annual event on Mille Lacs Lake

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

ONAMIA -- It seems Nick Seeler can do no wrong.

After a 22-game stint in the NHL at the end of last season, the Eden Prairie native was one of the club's better players during its playoff series against the Winnipeg Jets.

Two weeks ago, he signed a three-year, one-way contract that makes him a piece to build around as Minnesota moves closer to next season.

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Lodnia aims for crack at Wild's NHL roster this fall

Third-round pick in 2017 draft made pro debut in Iowa late last season

by Jessi Pierce / Special to Wild.com

Video: Ivan Lodnia continues to make strides

ST. PAUL -- Ivan Lodnia sent a congratulatory text to his 2017 development camp roommate, Luke Kunin, after each of his two NHL goals with the Wild last season. Watching Kunin get a crack at the NHL for 19 games before an ACL injury derailed his season was inspiring to Lodnia.

Now Lodnia, a third-round selection by Minnesota (85th overall) in last summer's NHL Entry Draft, hopes it's his turn to be on the receiving end of that text soon.

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Shepard making more memories on Xcel Energy Center ice

Goaltender led Minnesota Duluth to national championship here back in April

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Defenseman Mark Auk was retreating into his own zone during Thursday's Green-White scrimmage at Wild development camp when suddenly he heard someone shouting at him.

The voice was almost part coach, part drill instructor.

Bellowing out information was none other than his goaltender, Hunter Shepard of the University of Minnesota Duluth.

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Call of a lifetime: Giroux's Wild ties date back to early childhood

Recent draft pick grew up 5 minutes away from assistant GM Brunette

by Phil Ervin / Wild.com

Video: Get to know Damien Giroux

ST. PAUL -- Even today, Damien Giroux can't wipe the grin off his face as he recounts the day he was drafted.

Some prospects travel to the NHL Entry Draft's host city in hopes of hearing their name called in person. Others stay at home, glued to the television or their smartphone.

But Giroux, one of the Wild's fifth-round picks in this year's draft, was at the golf course Saturday, June 23.

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