Wild Media Day always has a similar feel — first day of training camp and first day of kindergarten. You know, lots of photos and introductions.
Wild players spent three hours getting put through the ringer — head shots, a different kind of head shots, photos of their entire body in full gear, interviews with three local TV stations, FOX Sports North, Wild radio, community relations, and of course our favorite, Wild.com. Also, Wild game ops films parts of the “open” — oh, have you heard about our new scoreboard? It’s going to be great! (No, don’t ask us for a photo).
Every Wild player is matched with a “buddy” who walks them around and makes sure they don’t miss a stop. It’s not just the NHL roster either, as all 57 players here at camp need to get head shots taken. While some players took their time getting here today after physicals, Matt Cooke was the first in line and therefore the first done, at 10:17 - just more than an hour after he began. The veteran move, hammering it all out before there’s a line.
We’ve got a full behind the scenes gallery. Our social team launched the Wild Snapchat account today (minnesotawild), so you’ll want to make sure you check out the Mikko Koivu selfie. A good shot of Nino Niederreiter is in there, too.
WildTV was there, following forward Erik Haula. He was mic'd up for a Becoming Wild, presented by Toyota, webisode. Look for that once training camp starts. Today, we posted a BW webby from the team's golf outing on Tuesday. Check that vid out, here.
Wild.com Media Day Awards
Most Friendly - Mikko Koivu (camp starts tomorrow, #AngryMikko face wasn’t in sight)
Best Hair - Mikael Granlund. The #FinnishFlow is in midseason form
Guy Most Likely to Tie All His Teammate’s Equipment to A Hockey Stick Because He’s Taking Too Long - Erik Haula (sorry, Charlie Coyle)
Mister Congenliality - Keith Ballard
Most Helpful - Nino Niederreiter for helping us launch Snapchat
The players had a noon meeting to officially open camp, but several had to finish their last stops immediately following. They hit the ice before most of you are at work tomorrow. It’s been a long summer, but yes, it is almost October.