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Baby boom keeping Wild players busy away from rink

More than a half dozen current or former members of team have expanded their families since the beginning of the season

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

It's been a busy season for a handful of current and former Wild players. And that doesn't even count the stuff happening at the rink.

Wild players have experienced a baby boom of sorts this season, with as many as seven current or former players and their wives having children born since the beginning of September.

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Hat trick headwear serves purpose well beyond celebrating feat

Team donates equal number of new hats to Children's Hospitals and Clinics each time a Wild player scores three goals in a game

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- Ever wonder what happens to the headwear thrown onto the Xcel Energy Center ice following a hat trick by a Wild player?

For nearly a decade, including three times this season, all hats thrown on the ice have been collected and counted. The total number of hats is the amount purchased by the team from the Hockey Lodge. The new hats are then hand delivered to Children's Hospitals and Clinics and donated by the player who scores the hat trick.

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Out of the Shadows: Granlund, Niederreiter, Wild yearn for new heights

Forwards emerging as future leaders during current Minnesota playoff push

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

This article appears in the March/April issue of Wild Magazine.

Youth is no longer an excuse for the Minnesota Wild.

Not after five consecutive playoff appearances. Not with its veteran core another year older. And certainly not with its "second wave" of talent becoming veterans themselves.

Players like Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund are just entering their primes. And despite an early season of frustrating injuries for both, the Wild's hopes for a deep playoff run could depend in large part on the two taking the next steps in their careers.

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Crunch time is Cullen time for Wild veteran

Three-time Stanley Cup champion is getting better as the games get bigger

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

VANCOUVER -- There's something about the weather getting warmer and the calendar turning to March that seems to bring the best out of Wild forward Matt Cullen.

The 41-year-old centerman was arguably the best player on the ice in Minnesota's 5-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Friday, scoring one goal, assisting on another.

If not for Canucks goaltender Anders Nilsson, he might have had a lot more than that.

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Minnesota state tournament memories still strong with Wild players

Watching, playing in high school event ranks among career highlights for several in dressing room

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- The Wild will be out of town this weekend as the Minnesota State High School League Boys Hockey Tournament kicks into high gear at Xcel Energy Center.

But the tournament itself certainly won't be far from the minds of many on the team, specifically some of the Minnesota natives who grew up watching and taking part in the pageantry.

"It's disappointing being gone this weekend. It's one of my favorite weekends of the year," said Wild forward Matt Cullen, who played in the event with Moorhead at the old St. Paul Civic Center (before Xcel Energy Center even existed). "We'll be watching though. It's such a fun thing."

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NCHC tourney adds to Xcel Energy Center's college hockey legacy

Frozen Faceoff the latest -- but not the last -- to take place in college hockey haven on Kellogg Boulevard

by Jimmy Gilligan / Special to

Xcel Energy Center, the home of the Minnesota Wild, will host the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's (NCHC) Frozen Faceoff championship tournament March 16-17, 2018. Leading up to the Frozen Faceoff, will feature different aspects of the NCHC related to the Wild and Xcel Energy Center. More information, including tickets, is available at the Xcel Energy Center's Frozen Faceoff page.

A sanctuary for the sport and the capital of the State of Hockey, Xcel Energy Center will add another title to its storied history this spring. From this March on, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference will call Xcel Energy Center home for its annual Frozen Faceoff. 

The arena will also play host to college hockey's greatest stage, the 2018 Frozen Four, in April. Relatively, any conference tournament pales in comparison to hockey's Big Dance. Yet over the past several years, the NCHC semifinal in particular has been a preview of sorts for the Frozen Four: At least one team from every Frozen Faceoff has made the Frozen Four, and in each of the past two seasons two Frozen Faceoff teams have been among the last four standing.

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Off the Ice: Eric Staal

Five-time All-Star discusses family, favorite hockey memories and more

by Kayleigh Jackson /

This story appears in the February issue of Wild Magazine.

In the Wild's 10 games since his trip to the 2018 NHL All-Star Game last month in Tampa, Eric Staal hasn't slowed any, playing at a point-per-game pace and continuing to lead the club in goals (26), points (53) and shots (158).

It's the product of successfully juxtaposing a strict training regimen with raising sons Levi, Parker and Finley. Being able to spend some quality time with his family was a prime reason Staal relished his fifth All-Star appearance. Balancing a career with long road trips and strange hours with family life isn't always easy -- and the sunny Florida weather, a far cry from winter in Minnesota, was just an added bonus.'s Kayleigh Jackson sat down with Staal to discuss family, favorite memories and food.

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State of Hockey shows up for NWHL All-Star Game at TRIA Rink

In front of sold-out crowd, all-stars of women's hockey put on high-scoring show

by Kayleigh Jackson /

ST. PAUL -- The goal horn buzzed almost constantly at TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center on Sunday.

But it was hard to even hear over the roar of the fans. In front of a capacity crowd, the National Women's Hockey League's best and brightest put on an offensive clinic at the third annual NWHL All-Star Game co-hosted by the Wild. 

Following two 25-minute periods of 4-on-4 play, one squad would emerge victorious. Team Ott, captained by Boston Pride goaltender Brittany Ott, ultimately got the better of Team Leveille, captained by Buffalo Beauts goaltender Amanda Leveille, 8-6. 

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Wild's Park realizing Olympic dream as South Korea assistant coach

Former Wild player, current development coach hopes PyeongChang Games can help grow sport in Asia

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

Richard Park doesn't recollect much from his childhood in South Korea. Born in Seoul, Park and his family moved to the United States when he was just three years old. 

But the Wild's player development coach will certainly make his fair share of memories as he returns to his birth country this month as an assistant with the South Korean men's national team that will compete as the host nation at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang.

Park's participation in the Olympics itself is a bit of a dream come true.

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Fighting Back: Parise's road to recovery

Winger's journey back to ice hasn't been easy, but he's hopeful a return to form isn't far behind

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

This article appears in the February issue of Wild Magazine.

It was just a normal, routine offseason for Wild forward Zach Parise.

The 2016-17 season was a frustrating one for Minnesota's alternate captain. A variety of illnesses -- including a couple of bouts with strep throat and a battle with the mumps -- combined with a lower-body injury early in the season limited Parise to just 69 games.

But a strong offseason program had the 33-year-old primed for a bounce back season. With no World Cup of Hockey changing his summer routine and no Winter Olympics interrupting the NHL season, Parise was looking forward to the 82-game grind of the regular season.

Suddenly, a guy who was one of the finest athletes in the world, a man at the peak of his profession, could not even sit in a chair to eat.

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