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Player Quirks: Matt Dumba

Defenseman shares pregame rituals, tattoo thoughts and more

by Kayleigh Jackson / Wild.com

This story appears in the October issue of Wild Magazine.

It's no secret that most athletes have certain habits they stick to on game days. For some players, these routines even border on obsession. Defenseman Matt Dumba is decidedly not one of those people.

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Iowa Wild benefits from state's under-the-radar hockey tradition

Junior hockey history, growing AHL fan base make for sneaky good experience

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

DES MOINES, Iowa -- It's been five years since the Minnesota Wild moved its American Hockey League affiliate 935 miles north from Houston, Texas, to the heartland of Iowa.

Houston certainly served its purpose; as the nation's fourth-largest city, there wasn't a shortage of fans to potentially reach. The Aeros had a strong following and a good history in Texas as well.

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Newcomers adjust to life in Minnesota

Wild's newest players enjoying first few weeks and months in State of Hockey

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

There are facets of life as a professional athlete that are unmistakably awesome.

You're paid well to play a game. At the highest levels, you travel comfortably and stay in nice hotels. You appear on TV every night and play in front of arenas jammed with thousands of screaming fans. 

But other parts that can be a lot more difficult to manage.

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Wild players recall their inaugural days in skates

Each player's first rink helped shape careers decades later

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

This story is part of Wild.com's 2017-18 season preview.

Devan Dubnyk is not a small man. At 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, the Wild goaltender is nicknamed "The Giraffe." 

A nine-year NHL veteran, Dubnyk has an encyclopedia of hockey memories upon which to draw: the day he was drafted in the first round by the Edmonton Oilers, his first NHL start, his first start with the Wild, which came two years ago in Buffalo.

But one of his fondest memories of his hockey players days came long before he played professionally, or even before he earned his nickname while playing junior hockey.

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Zucker: 'Vegas Will Bounce Back'

Wild forward's family safe after overnight shooting near Las Vegas Strip

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Like most of the country, Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker woke up to the stunning news of the tragedy that had unfolded overnight in Las Vegas. 

For Zucker, it hit very much close to home.

Born in Newport Beach, California, Zucker and his family moved to Las Vegas when he was an infant and they still call it home. While Zucker's family is safe, he said he did have one friend who was at the concert and was shot. 

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Signing with Wild a Dream Come True for Menell

After signing a three-year, entry-level contract, defenseman has gone from unknown entity to Cinderella story

by Kayleigh Jackson / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Three months ago, Brennan Menell was an unknown entity. Two months ago, he was invited to the Wild's Development Camp. One month ago, he played for Minnesota at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament. Saturday, he donned a Wild sweater in his first preseason game.

Tuesday morning, he signed his first NHL contract. 

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Captain Come Back: Koivu Thrilled to Remain in Minnesota

Team, player accomplish goal of getting deal done before start of regular season

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- He may have been able to squeeze out a little more money. He may have gotten a little more term. In the end, Mikko Koivu just wanted to stay home in Minnesota.

The only permanent captain in franchise history, Koivu will call the State of Hockey home for at least the next three seasons after agreeing to a two-year contract extension with the club, one that will tie him to the Wild through the end of the 2019-20 season.

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Winnik Aims to Prove Worth at Camp Tryout

Veteran NHL forward hopes to earn roster spot, contract

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- A veteran of 10 seasons and more than 700 games, Daniel Winnik knows little is guaranteed in the NHL.

Despite a quality season in which he scored a career-high 12 goals in 72 games for the Washington Capitals in 2016-17, Winnik was unable to nab a contract as an unrestricted free agent during the offseason. As training camp approached, Winnik was forced to the route of a professional tryout in an effort to earn an 11th season in the League.

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Foligno Excited for Fresh Start, Winning Mindset in Minnesota

After inking four-year contract, power forward says he's ready to make impact with Wild

by Kayleigh Jackson / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- Less than 24 hours after signing a four-year contract with the Minnesota Wild, Marcus Foligno wore grooves into the Xcel Energy Center ice as he took part in head coach Bruce Boudreau's notoriously strenuous skating test. 

The test, which requires a minimum three rounds of end-to-end, back-and-forth skating in about forty seconds per lap, was made even more difficult this year. Foligno, who passed with flying colors, seemed unfazed.

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McLean's Hockey Odyssey Makes Stop in Des Moines

Journeyman player will begin his coaching career as an assistant in Iowa this season

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Brett McLean was sitting around his home in Austria last winter, with a constant thought running through his mind. 

For nearly two decades, McLean had travelled North America -- then the globe -- playing professional hockey, but for the first time, thoughts of retiring and heading home started creeping in.

They occurred more and more often, until finally, he could no longer ignore it.

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