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Down on the Farm: NHL bloodlines fuel Turgeon's love of the game

Iowa forward grew up the son of NHL royalty, now in the midst of his own pro hockey career

by Mitchell Courtney /

Many children grow up with dreams of playing professional hockey. For most, the dream evolves into an admiration for those who are blessed with the talent to play on the world's biggest stages. 

For Iowa Wild forward Dominic Turgeon, the dream began on Feb. 25, 1996; the day he was born in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.

At the time of his birth, Turgeon's father, Pierre, was in the midst of his second season with the Montreal Canadiens. Originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres with the first overall pick in the 1987 NHL Draft, Pierre played in 1,294 NHL games for the Sabres, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche.

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Down on the Farm: Mermis blends grueling hockey schedule with fatherhood

Iowa defenseman and wife Sarah welcomed their first son just a couple of weeks before his call-up for the Winter Classic

by Mitchell Courtney @iawild /

The rigors of a professional hockey schedule can have a profound impact on an athlete's physical and mental well-being. For this reason, many hockey players depend on a strong familial support system. For Iowa Wild defenseman Dakota Mermis, this rings especially true.

On Dec. 10, Mermis' wife Sarah gave birth to the couples' first child, Brooks Alexander Mermis. Of the many challenges they have faced since he was born, choosing a name for Brooks was the first.

"There is really no specific meaning to the name, but it is a name that Sarah and I have always liked," Dakota said. "We did not decide fully on his name until we met him, and as soon as we saw him, we knew that it would fit him perfectly."

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Down on the Farm: Olympic dreams bring Staal to Iowa

Prestigious Triple Gold winner and former Minnesota forward made his return to pro hockey last weekend in Des Moines

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /

Former Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal had one goal in mind when he signed a Professional Tryout contract with the Iowa Wild earlier this month.

OK, maybe two goals. 

First and foremost, the veteran centerman with nearly 1,300 games of NHL experience wanted one more crack at making the Canadian Olympic roster ahead of the Games in Beijing. 

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Prospects Report: January 12, 2022

Iowa begins four-game home stint on Friday

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

The Iowa Wild went 1-2-0 last week. The Wild earned a 3-2 shootout win at Manitoba last Tuesday (1/4). Forward Nate Sucese tallied two assists, Forward Adam Beckman scored in regulation and netted the shootout winner and Goaltender Trevin Kozlowski made 35 saves.


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Prospects Report: January 5, 2022

Iowa continues five-game road trip with three games over the next week

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

The Iowa Wild went 2-1-1 last week. The Wild earned a 3-2 overtime victory vs. Colorado at Wells Fargo Arena last Wednesday (12/29). Forward Marco Rossi led the team with three points (2-1=3), including the OT winner. Forward Matt Boldy tallied two assists. Goaltender Andrew Hammond made 31 saves. 

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Wild acquires forward Nolan Stevens from Blues

Bitten traded to St. Louis in exchange of current AHL players

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired forward Nolan Stevens from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward Will Bitten.

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Prospects Report: December 29, 2021

Iowa currently scheduled to play four games over the next week beginning tonight against Colorado

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

The Iowa Wild did not play last week. 

Forward Marco Rossi leads the team in scoring with 18 points (4-14=18). He ranks tied for fifth among AHL rookies in assists, tied for sixth in shots on goal and tied for 10th in scoring. Forwards Mason Shaw (7-10=17), Nick Swaney (8-9=17) and Kyle Rau (6-11=17) and defenseman Joe Hicketts (6-11=17) rank tied for second on Iowa in scoring with 17 points each. 

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Prospects Report: December 22, 2021

Iowa set to host Rockford, Colorado following Christmas break

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

The Iowa Wild defeated the Manitoba Moose 4-1 at home on Friday in its only game last week. 

Defenseman Calen Addison (two goals), and forwards Mason Shaw (1-1=2) and Adam Beckman (two assists) led Iowa with two points each, Forward Nate Sucese also scored and goaltender Hunter Jones stopped 36-of-37 shots faced. 

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Prospects Report: December 15, 2021

Iowa will host division rival Manitoba in two games this weekend

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

The Iowa Wild went 0-2-2 in four games last week. 

Iowa lost 4-3 in a shootout at Rockford on Wednesday (12/8). Defenseman Tucker Ottenbreit and forwards Nathan Sucese and Nick Swaney scored and goaltender Dereck Baribeau made 30 saves. 

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Prospects Report: December 8, 2021

Iowa Wild prepares for busy week with four games in seven days

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The Iowa Wild lost all three contests against the Chicago Wolves last week. Iowa lost 2-0 on Thursday at Allstate Arena (12/2). Goaltender Derek Baribeau made 35 saves.

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