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'Nana' Makes Trip West to Watch Grandson Coyle

Christmas gift allows 88-year-old Mary Kelly first chance to see Wild play in Minnesota

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

Webisode: Nana Kelly

Becoming Wild Webisode: Nana Kelly

Becoming Wild presented by Toyota - Webisode featuring Nana Kelly, Charlie Coyle's grandmother who saw her first game at Xcel Energy Center

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ST. PAUL -- Mary Kelly doesn't miss many Wild games. In fact, she often builds her schedule around them.

But for the first time in her life, Kelly -- the grandmother of Wild forward Charlie Coyle -- was able to travel to the Twin Cities recently to see a game in person for the first time. 

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Post Haste: Pominville Hot After Rough Start

Veteran winger among League's leading scorers over the past month

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- With the Minnesota Wild trailing by a goal early in the third period of a game Nov. 21 against the Dallas Stars, perhaps no series of events depicted Jason Pominville's season more aptly. 

Pominville scooted around the outside of a board battle, waiting for a puck to come free behind the Stars goal. It did, and linemate Erik Haula fed Pominville a pretty pass, setting him up all alone in front of the goal.

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Little Big Time: Spurgeon Proves Detractors Wrong

One of the NHL's smallest defensemen has made a career out of dispelling doubts

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon arrived in the Twin Cities in the summer of 2010 with a single duffel bag in his hand and his dreams of a career in the NHL hanging by a thread. 

Recently informed by the New York Islanders --the team that drafted him in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Draft -- that his services were no longer wanted, Spurgeon had received a number of offers to take his career to Europe, where his 5-foot-9, 160-pound frame might have more success.

Offers were few and far between, but Spurgeon, who was 20 years old at the time, still had a dream to play in the NHL

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Fleck Feeling at Home in the State of Hockey

New Gopher football coach grew up attending Blackhawks games in Chicago

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- Then head football coach at Western Michigan University, P.J. Fleck showed up at a Broncos' hockey practice 16 months ago expecting a chance to address the team and perhaps hit the ice for a few minutes.

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A Brief Reprieve

After a fire destroyed their home, local family buoyed by support from community

by Devin Lowe /

Polsfut Family Takes in Wild Game

Polsfut Family Takes in Wild Game

The Polsfut family got an experience like no other as they took in the Wild vs Red Wings game after suffering a terrible tragedy weeks earlier

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ST. PAUL -- Dean and Julie Polsfut were reliving a magical night with their son James when they got the call.

James Polsfut, 12, and his fellow Andover Huskies had just skated in a Wild Youth Hockey Spotlight game in Rogers, arriving at the rink to cheers from parents and onlookers and Wild gear in their locker stalls. Nordy fist-bumped them as they lined up for the Star-Spangled Banner, sung by Wild anthemist James Bohn.

A full house cheered them on from puck drop to the final goal horn.

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Dumba Gives Thanks to Second Family

Wild defenseman pledges to support billet brother's LLS fundraising campaign

by Devin Lowe /

ST. PAUL -- Before Matt Dumba was a full-time NHL blueliner clad in Iron Range Red, he spent the better part of the 2013-14 season in Portland, Oregon.

By day, he skated for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, honing his craft and carving up the ice. But by night, you could find him at home with his billet family, the Conways: Joe, Hillary and their two kids, Dylan and Lily.

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Down on the Farm: Cancer Fight Hits Close for Anas

Demetra Anas has fought -- and beaten -- breast cancer twice while balancing work and being a hockey mom

by Tom Witosky @toskyAHLWild /

Mothers and sons have special moments.

Demetra Anas, mother of Iowa Wild rookie forward Sam Anas, remembers the time she taped her toddler son's use of a hockey stick for the first time; he hit a ball straight as an arrow across the kitchen floor. She also clearly remembers the time she almost drove off the road when Sam disclosed he had figured out a secret that his mother had kept from him for years.

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Tuch's Debut is a Family Affair

Rookie forward shared first NHL game with parents in Vancouver over the weekend

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

The journey to the National Hockey League is a long one. In some cases, like for the Tuchs, it's a literal cliché.

After summoning him for his NHL debut in Vancouver on Saturday, the Wild went about calling up Alex Tuch, its 2014 first-round pick, then trying to get his mom and dad cross country to take it all in.

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Super Bowl Sunday Traditions Abound for Wild

Among millions watching the big game will be Wild once it arrives in Winnipeg

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle is spoiled when it comes to his favorite football team.

The native of East Weymouth, Massachusetts has grown up in an era where the New England Patriots have built a football dynasty, one that has spanned more than half his life.

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Trending Upward: Zucker's Comfort Level Paying Off

Speedy goal scorer has formed deadly combo with Granlund, Koivu

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

VANCOUVER -- Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker isn't a rookie anymore. And while no player in the NHL ever wants to be "comfortable" with where he's at, Zucker has reached a point where he knows what's expected of him game in and game out.

"Comfortable" in that sense can have a negative connotation. Perhaps "comfortable in his own skin" might be more appropriate.

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