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Where Are They Now? Where Were They Then?

by Glen Andresen / Minnesota Wild
Before Thursday night's home opener, the Minnesota Wild paid tribute to its inaugural team with a video tribute, and introductions of six alumni: Jeff Nielsen, Antti Laaksonen, Cam Stewart, Brad Bombardir, Darby Hendrickson and Wes Walz.

Today, we try to find out where the rest of the lineup from the first-ever NHL game is now. And we also look at where current Wild players were in October of 2000.

Where Are They Now?
Where Were They Then?
29 Jamie McLennan
Wrapped up his NHL career after th 2006-07 season with the Calgary Flames. He's currently an assistant coach with the Flames.
32 Niklas Backstrom
Backstrom was 22 years old, playing 49 games for SaiPa of the Finnish League. He went 22-24-3 with a 2.55 goals against average.
35 Manny Fernandez
Has not played since 2008-09 season with Boston, but has not officially retired and is currently a free agent.
60 Jose Theodore
As a 24 year old, he played 59 games with the Montreal Canadiens that season. He went 20-29-5 with a 2.57 goals against average.
4 Curtis Leschyshyn
Last played with Ottawa during the 2003-04 season. He went on to a short career in broadcasting with the Colorado Avalanche. He still lives in the Denver area, and has taken up competitive cycling.
3 Marek Zidlicky
At age 23, he played his second season with HIFK Helsinki of the Finnish League. He totaled 37 points on 12 goals and 25 assists in 56 games.
5 Brad Bombardir
After spending several years working in the Wild's Community Relations department, Bombardir is currently the Wild's Director of Player Development.
4 Clayton Stoner
At age 15, he was playing his first of two seasons with Campbell River of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. He posted four goals and 16 assists in 47 games.
6 Lubomir Sekeras
Played four games for Dallas in 2003-04 before leaving to join the Swedish League. He is now playing for Dukla in his hometown of Trencin, Slovakia.
5 Greg Zanon
At age 20, he enjoyed a stellar sophomore campaign with Nebraska-Omaha. He finished the year with 12 goals and 16 assists in 29 games and was named the CCHA's best offensive defenseman.
10 Marian Gaborik
One of four players on the 2000 Opening Night roster that is still playing in the NHL. He currently plays for the New York Rangers.
7 Matt Cullen
Was 23 years old and in his fourth season with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He played all 82 games that season and posted 10 goals and 30 assists.
12 Matt Johnson
Never played another NHL game after the 2004-05 lockout season. He currently makes his home in Los Angeles.
8 Brent Burns
Was 15 years old, and playing with the North York Canadiens of the Metropolitan Toronto Hockey League. He notched four goals and seven assists in 46 games that season.
14 Darby Hendrickson
After dabbling in broadcasting, Hendrickson was hired by the Wild this past offseason as an Assistant Coach.
9 Mikko Koivu
Was 17 years old and splitting his time between TPS Turku of the Finnish Jr. League and TPS Turku of the Sr. League. He also played for Finland at the World Junior Championships and notched three assists. The following summer, he was taken in the first round by the Wild.
17 Filip Kuba
Currently plays for the Ottawa Senators and is on injured reserve.
11 John Madden
At age 27, he was playing his second full season with the New Jersey Devils, helping them to the Eastern Conference Finals. He finished the year with a career high 23 goals and 15 assists, and won the Selke Trophy as the League's best defensive forward.
18 Cam Stewart
Was an assistant coach and front office advisor with the Houston Aeros. Stewart now lives in Toronto and works for Bite Tech, a brand of performance mouthwear for hockey players.
12 Chuck Kobasew
Was 18 years old in his freshman season with Boston College. He finished the year with 27 goals and 22 assists while earning Hockey East Rookie of the Year honors and leading the Eagles to the National Championship.
19 Jeff Nielsen
His only season with his home state team in 2000-01 was his last in the NHL. He lives in the Twin Cities area and works for Stryker, a medical device company.
14 Martin Havlat
At age 19, he was playing his rookie season with the Ottawa Senators. By the end of the year, he had posted 19 goals and 23 assists while playing in 73 games. He was a finalist for the Calder Trophy.
20 Maxim Sushinsky
Cut his NHL career short after playing 30 games with the Wild. He has since been playing in Russia and is entering his fifth season with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.
15 Andrew Brunette
At age 27, he was in his second season with the Atlanta Thrashers, posting 15 goals and 44 assists in 77 games.
22 Stacy Roest
After his NHL career ended after the 2003-04 season, Roest moved on to the Swiss League where he is playing his eighth consecutive season with Rapperswil-Jona.
16 Brad Staubitz
Was 16 years old and playing Bantam AAA with the Lampton Lightning in Sarnia, Ontario.
24 Antti Laaksonen
Laaksonen returned to his native Finland where he wrapped up his hockey career last season with Lukko. He is now back in Minnesota, living with his family in Victoria.
20 Antti Miettinen
At age 20, he was with HPK of the Finnish Sr. League. He finished the year with 13 goals and 11 assists in 55 games.
25 Sergei Krivokrasov
Krivokrasov retired from hockey after the 2007-08 season, which marked six consecutive years playing in Russia.
21 Kyle Brodziak
Was 16 years old, and playing his first season with Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League. He finished the year with two goals and eight assists in 57 games.
27 Sean O'Donnell
The first captain in Wild history won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2006-07, and is now playing for the Philadelphia Flyers.
22 Cal Clutterbuck
Was 12 years old and in eighth grade, playing AAA Bantam hockey for the Welland Tigers.
33 Scott Pellerin
After wrapping up his career following the 2003-04 season, Pellerin entered coaching. He is currently an assistant with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.
23 Eric Nystrom
Was 17 years old and in his second season playing with the United States National Development Team in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
34 Jim Dowd
Played his final NHL season with Philadelphia in 2008, and currently coaches his son and other young hockey players in his home state of New Jersey. He is also a radio personality and frequent guest on NHL Live.
25 Cam Barker
Was 14 years old in high school and playing Junior A hockey with the Cornwall Colts in Cornwall, Ontario.
37 Wes Walz
Most recently was an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is now back in Minnesota, and assisting the Wild in community efforts. He's also an assistant coach for East Ridge High School, where his son, Kelvin plays.
41 Justin Falk
At age 12, he was in seventh grade and playing PeeWee hockey with the Pilot Knob Pilots in Pilot Knob, Manitoba.
42 Andy Sutton
Is currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks, his fourth team since being traded from the Wild during the 2001-02 season.
48 Guillaume Latendresse
At age 13, he was playing PeeWee AA in Ste. Catharine, Quebec.
44 Aaron Gavey
Wrapped up his hockey career in 2006-07 with Cologne of the German League. He is now a financial advisor in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
55 Nick Schultz
Played his third and final season with Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League. He finished the year with 17 goals and 30 assists in 59 games and also represented Canada at the World Junior Championships.

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