Our usual headliner, Ryan Stanzel, just for the day, will play on the accompanying stage while Sickman is on the road. See below for Stanzel's R.S.S. Feed ... 12:30 p.m. CST
A pretty busy day around our offices, despite the fact Sickman is in Pittsburgh. I spent an hour or so in the locker room, where Dusty, our new production assistant, did some video work on the Wild’s “captain board” for NHL Network. The board has action shots, month-by-month, of all the captains in Wild history. While in the locker room, I caught some of NHL Live on NHL Network, and it was good to see Jim Dowd filling in for E.J. Hradek as a guest host. For those of you who missed it, the show is replayed from 3-5 p.m. CST on NHL Network.
I set up game notes for Thursday against Vancouver mostly because, starting tonight, the Wild play every other, or every, day until Dec. 6, so it’s always good to have a head start. Robert, our intern, is working on a couple of Minnesota Swarm releases now.
Upon arriving in the office, I found out that Josh Harding
wouldn’t practice today and Nolan Schaefer would be on his way to replace him tonight. So I notified Pat and Scott, the Aeros’ PR duo, and wrote a press release
to send out around lunchtime.
I’m headed off to a local elementary school this afternoon -- many Wild staff members mentor a second- or third-grader throughout the year, and it’s time for me to meet my student today. Abe, my student last year, was super awesome, so this year’s will have a hard time matching him.
A couple of mailbag items ...
Q: Hi Ryan. I was wondering what the players like to do before their games at home or away games?
Kristina from Minn.
A: Good question, Kristina! Thanks for reading. Most of the players have the same pregame routine, home and away. They’ll skate (10:30 at home, 11:30 on the road), have a big lunch full of carbs (salad, pasta, chicken, steak, fish, two kinds of soup and ice cream are at all our road team meals), and a nap in the early afternoon. Players arrive at the arena between 4:30 and 5 for a 7 p.m. game. Some guys play ping pong, some guys do crosswords, some just hang out, some get their sticks ready. The team has a meeting 90 minutes before the puck drops, and it’s all business from there.
Q: Hey Ryan!
I love reading the blog and hearing about what goes on behind the scenes home and away. What I want to know is if the Wild, or, the blog, perhaps, has an internship for a young graphic designer or photographer who is still in school (currently in college). I have been a longtime fan and I would love to be a part of that team!
Keep up the great work!
Jake from Maplewood
A: Hi, Jake, thanks for reading and for the e-mail. An intern for the R.S.S. Feed? Now there’s an idea. You don’t mind making hot cocoa, do you? Just kidding. I’d suggest you keep an eye out here: http://hockeyjobs.nhl.com/ for internships not just with the Wild, but all NHL teams.