While their husbands were 100 feet away horsing around during an optional Minnesota Wild practice in early December, the Minnesota Wild “better halves” were hard at work. Sure, they were busy corralling their little ones, who were in various stages of mischief or repeatedly asking to be fed. But their primary focus on this day was channeling their creative energy for a good cause.
As they have done the past four years, the wives and girlfriends of Wild players decorated holiday ornaments, which were later autographed by their respective player and will be put up for bid at a silent auction at the December 21st game against the Colorado Avalanche. The silent auction booth will be located at the top of Section 104.
While the wives are often together throughout the season, this is the best time of the year for many of them.
“I’ve been here for seven years with Nick, and it’s just a fun time of year for both of us,” said Jessica Schultz, the wife of Nick Schultz. “We help each other out and have some fun, and when all is said and done, we have some really pretty ornaments for a good cause.”
The better halves efforts go far beyond just painting little glass balls, however.
When her husband signed with Minnesota at the beginning of last season, Diana Nolan helped introduce the Mystery Puck Sale, which will take place at Tuesday night’s home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
For $40, fans can purchase a puck, which will be autographed by a Wild player. Some of the pucks will contain a golden ticket, much like Willy Wonka, and fans with these pucks will be entered in to a drawing to win a Wild Christmas tree.
The only stipulation is that pucks must be purchased with cash, with all proceeds going to the newly created Minnesota Wild Foundation.
“We did this in Calgary when Owen was there and it was a huge success,” said Diana. “There really is no better feeling than seeing how excited the people get when they get their pucks. And to know that the proceeds are going to causes that benefit children and cancer research just makes the holidays so much fun for us.”
The wives will run the show tomorrow by running the Mystery Puck table at Section 104 and conducting the drawing.
Finally, several of the players and their wives have adopted a family this holiday season, and have already begun the process of supplying them with toys and food to brighten their holiday spirit.
“We have been so fortunate to be a part of this community for so long,” said Mrs. Schultz. “Whenever there is a way to give back, we are so happy we can contribute in some small way.”