FARMINGTON -- Celebrity coaches, familiar faces from Wild game days and even Nordy came to town Wednesday to surprise Farmington and Rosemount's 12U girls teams in the Wild's first Youth Hockey Spotlight presented by U.S. Bank game of the season.
Director of player development Brad Bombardir was behind the bench of the visiting Rosemount Irish, while Wild assistant coach John Anderson coached the home-team Farmington Tigers. Bombardir's Irish would ultimately emerge with a 7-2 victory.
In front of packed stands, John deCausmeaker belted out the national anthem like he was back at Xcel Energy Center, and Erica McKenzie led the crowd in the "Let's Play Hockey!" call. After a "reverse" presentation of the team's new Our Ice tradition by Wild president Matt Majka -- who poured water from Xcel Energy Center onto center ice at Schmitz-Maki Arena -- the puck was dropped and the game was on.
The Wild unveiled its Youth Hockey Spotlight initiative last season with a pair of contests in the Twin Cities metro. It'll bring its game day experience to at least one more youth contest later this season.
That, too, will be a surprise for the players participating.
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