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Wild Hits Ice And Links

by Mike Doyle / Minnesota Wild

Today, the Minnesota Wild was on the ice for the final day of informal captains’ practices. While scrimmaging against your teammates is fun, the real good time happened yesterday at the team’s corporate golf outing at Troy Burne Golf Club.

Hockey players are known to be good golfers, and throw in their competitive nature, the scores would be low and close. However, no one could’ve guessed that the round would end in three teams tying with scores of 57 (par is 71).

According to sources, there was some confusion as to what constituted as the tiebreaker. The team that included Matt Cooke and Wild owner Craig Leipold ended up in first place. Not a shocker: the ruling, in favor of the veteran and Wild’s big boss, went undisputed.

“We had a good group of guys,” Jason Pominville said. “The golfing was okay, nothing crazy, but we had a lot of fun.”

When we asked Pominville who the worst golfer on the team was, he responded, “We’re asking those kind of questions?” with a smile before recognizing Mikael Granlund. Even if the Finn isn’t the most adept player on the team with a sand wedge, he dressed the part, decked out in Iron Range Red. The Lighthouse asked Pominville a follow up: if he looked like the Kool Aid Man? This elicited no response.

The day was all in good fun, even for those who are much better with hockey sticks than golf clubs. Admittedly not much of a golfer, Coyle approached the round like he does everything, with a smile on his face.

“It was a fun day, it was perfect out, but our team came in last,” Coyle lamented. He quickly took turned more optimistic, “But we’re working towards next year.”

There were some positives (besides their score) for Coyle. The team was awarded gift certificates for their subpar (or was it over par?) efforts.

“It’s probably for some golf tips or something we need,” Coyle cracked.

WildTV sent a motion picture camera to capture the action and fans can keep an eye out for a Becoming Wild webisode from the event.

This is a good time to remind everyone the groundbreaking series, Becoming Wild, presented by Toyota, returns to FOX Sports North for its fourth season. Episode 1 will follow Jonas Brodin to his native Sweden and air on Friday, Sept. 19 after Twins coverage on FSN.

Jared Spurgeon was partnered up with Brodin during the tourney at Troy Burne.

“We put together a couple of good shots,” Spurgeon said. “It was a nice day to get out there and play an awesome course and it was a lot of fun.”

Unfortunately, the House bricked and failed to ask Spurgeon about Brodin’s skills on the links. Spurgeon will be featured in a Becoming Wild episode on Tuesday, Nov. 4 after Minnesota’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

A WildTV video featuring the Coyle, Pominville and Spurgeon interviews can be found here.

Wild Invite 56

The club announced that 56 players have been invited to attend Wild training camp. See the story, here, and see the full roster, here.

Training Camp Media Guide

Our friends in the Wild PR department help keep the flow of information, well, flowing. Today, they posted a PDF of the team’s Training Camp Guide at Check it out. It is filled with all kinds of tidbits about your favorite Wild players. Memorize it and you might just know as much about the Wild as the Lighthouse.

Park Smart

Speaking of training camp, if you’re planning on attending the Wild’s Open Practice on Saturday, Sept. 20, there will be a lot of events happening that day. For tips on parking in Saint Paul that day, go here.


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