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OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
Last Friday Zach Parise earned his stripes and became this year’s Captain America. The left-winger was named Captain of the U.S. Olympic Team. But he wasn’t the only Wild player to earn some major accolades, as Ryan Suter will serve as an alternate captain as part of the leadership corps on Team USA.
We, at the Wild, were pretty jazzed about the whole thing. Both @mnwild and @mnwildPR shared the news with photo collages of the newly crowned captains. WildTV caught up with both Parise and Suter to chat about it while Wild.com put together a nice little story.
TO SOCHI OR BUST
It’s no secret the Olympics are only days away, we even have plenty of Olympic previews to prove it.
The Pioneer Press’s Brian Murphy has churned out several stories regarding the Games, focused on the Wild players making their way there. Beyond breaking down Team USA’s hopes, he’s talked to Nino Niederreiter about Team Switzerland’s chances, and Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu about the importance of international play to the Finns. Each breakdown is stimulating and worth the read.
Michael Russo of the Star Tribune also previewed Team USA’s bid for Gold and I’m sure we’ll see plenty more coverage from the Star Trib team.
THE APPLE DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE
Ryan Suter wants to be a Gold Medalist, just like his dad. His father, Bob Suter, of course was a part of the fabled 1980 Miracle On Ice, helping a rat pack of Americans upend the Russians and the Finns for Gold.
Ryan had a taste of it in Vancouver in 2010, playing in the Gold Medal Game, but falling in overtime to the Canadian Team. But in 2014, he gets a second chance.
NHL.com featured Ryan’s search for Gold and the inspiration his father and uncle have provided him on that trek. The story was also featured in a sponsored video with Gillette while Puck Daddy also did a Q & A on the topic with the Suter’s.
If you’ve ever watched a Wild game on TV this season, chances are you’ve seen Zach Parise talk about his love for chocolate milk. Well, sure it’s an advertisement for the beverage, chocolate milk also built the campaign around Parise’s training regime, particularly in an Olympic year.
Check out all the videos highlighting Parise, as they’re pretty interesting once you accept that they will talk about chocolate milk in each video. But, let’s be serious, chocolate milk is absolutely delicious and I’m not lying in the least when I say it’s my favorite kind of milk.
HOT OFF THE PRESSES
Our local beat writers have been busy, in a very good way.
Russo, of the Star Tribune, featured Mikael Granlund and his pro career thus far, this week. He also highlighted Nate Prosser and his physical play, particularly during last week’s road trip.
Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press also had a pair of features that caught our eye. Graff broke down the Wild’s highly successful January last week. He also shed some light on the formerly, oft-overlooked Justin Fontaine.
Behind the scenes shots are some of the coolest and assistant equipment manager Rick “Tricky” Bronwell has been providing them all season.
@MNWildPR is always sure to share the latest #trickpics and yesterday's was one of the best we’ve seen lately, partly because it also indicated the return of Jared Spurgeon — who picked up two assists last night. Not too shabby.
HOCKEY TOWN USA
The final installment of this week’s Best Of The Web sadly doesn’t concern the Wild, but it is about one of the most hockey-centered cities in the State of Hockey.
With the Olympics fast approaching, the New York Times focused some of its attention on Warroad, Minn. — the hometown of two Olympians competing in Sochi: T.J. Oshie and Gigi Marvin. The feature explores Hockey Town USA’s Olympic history (which is impressively extensive) and its overall love for the game.