BLOOMINGTON -- Growing up in central Sweden, Victor Rask used to create his likeness in the video game NHL 1999 and dream of one day scoring goals just like the character on the screen in front of him.
Monday afternoon inside the Rotunda at Mall of America, the Wild center grabbed a controller and went back to his childhood -- only this time, he didn't have to custom-make his own name and number from scratch using the game's "create a player" feature. Rask scored three goals as his virtual "self" against one lucky Wild fan in a friendly game of EA Sports NHL 19, part of the pro-am portion of the first-ever Minnesota Wild Gaming Tournament Finals presented by Mall of America.
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"It was a lot of fun," said Rask, who today is more of a Fortnite fan but was still able to best his opponent Monday. "I hadn't played this game in a long time, so I wasn't sure how good I was going to be."