ISSUE 4 • VOLUME 4 • APRIL 2011 CONGRATULATIONS UMD BULLDOGS!!! Kyle Schmidt scored 3:22 into overtime to give Minnesota-Duluth a 3-2 victory over Michigan in the Division I mens hockey championship game Saturday night, the first national title for the Bulldogs in 67 years. This has been quite the school year at UMD on the hill above Lake Superior, just a 2 1/2-hourdrive north from the Xcel Energy Center, with the football team winning the Division II championship. The Bulldogs handed theWolverines just their second loss all season when scoring the games first goal (22-2-3).A "UMD! UMD!” chant filled the sold-out arena, another reminder that this was essentially a second consecutive road game for theWolverines after playing in front of a pro-North Dakota crowd in the semifinal. In homage to the UMD players and their bleachedhair -- a team-wide fashion statement -- one fan held up a sign that said, "Blondes have more fun."After going 8-for-23 in prior opportunities in the NCAA tournament, the Bulldogs were 1-for-9 on the power play in regulation. TheWolverines, who killed all five penalties against North Dakota in the semifinals, deftly pressured the point men and kept UMD fromgetting many clean shots.The slick-passing Bulldogs had a 38-24 shots advantage,but they werent consistently sharp with the puck andmissed a handful of juicy chances. Jack Connolly hit thecrossbar in the first period, and Justin Fontainesclose-range shot was stopped in the second. Connollyspower-play chip was inches from the goal line in thethird period.The Bulldogs were the fourth consecutive WesternCollegiate Hockey Association foe the Wolverines facedin this years tournament, beating Nebraska-Omaha,Colorado College and North Dakota to get here.Michigan left the WCHA in 1981 for the CentralCollegiate Hockey Association. As the 2010-2011 season has come to a close, we would like to thank all of you who have cheered us on this season. Year Ten has provided us many smiles, much excitement, many milestones and has proven that Minnesota is the State of Hockey! To check out the Year Ten thank you video click here. As a thank you to our fans, the Wild hosted three Fan Celebration Nights on March 31st, April 2nd and April 10th. Fans were given the opportunity to win a plethora of Wild swag and autographed items including; team autographed Wild jerseys and sticks, complete set of Top 10 Moments puck series and bobblehead sets. Fans could also register to win great prizes from our sponsors, specifically Kwik Trip, Mall of America, Target, Sony, Great Waters Brewing Co., Sun Country Airlines, Anheuser-Busch, H&R Block, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Treasure Island, Coca-Cola and Rapala. A special thanks to all corporate sponsors that donated to the Fan Celebration Nights! jerseys
Page 2 The Minnesota Wild, FOX Sports North, Best Buy and Sony held an Interactive Night in the Best Buy Rotunda at Mall of America on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 coinciding with the Wild’s game at the St. Louis Blues. The Interactive Night placed an emphasis on social media, including a chance to ask a Wild player a question via Twitter during an intermission and to tweet questions to the Wild/FOX Sports North broadcast booth. This event gave fans the opportunity to interact with the broadcastvia multiple social media platforms while watching the game on FOX Sports North from homeor in-person at the Mall of America. FOX Sports North host Robby Incmikoski was at Mall ofAmerica, reporting live during intermissions, while also talking with special Wild guests likeWes Walz and Wild Chief Operating Officer Matt Majka.The event gave fans the opportunity to see some of the great Sony products available at BestBuy; including BRAVIA HDTVs, Sony Internet Television powered by Google and PlayStation 3,featuring EA SPORTS NHL11. Interactive Night also featured giveaways, including EA SPORTSNHL 11, a Playstation 3, Wild tickets and FOX Sports North prizes. 27th Annual Mr. Hockey Award WinnerThe Minnesota Minute Men announced that forward Kyle Rau from Eden Prairie High School isthe recipient of the 27th Annual Mr. Hockey Award, given to the outstanding senior boy’s highschool hockey player in the state of Minnesota. Alex Lyon from Lake of the Woods High Schoolreceived The Frank Brimsek Award, in recognition of Minnesota’s top senior goaltender. MarkDeCenzo (Hibbing High School), Bruce Plante (Hermantown High School) and Tim Sager (WhiteBear Lake High School) received The John Mariucci Award, given to the Class A and Class AA high school coaches of the year. Jeff Whisler (Hill-Murray/Mahtomedi) received The Cliff Thompson Award, presented to the “Old Timer Coach” of the year. Rau scored 81 points this season (41 goals, 40 assists) as he captained the Eagles to their second state championship in three years. Central Scouting Mid-Term Rankings had Rau ranked at 179, a number that is expected to rise come their final rankings as Rau has too much talent to be ignored. Rau will play at the University of Minnesota next season. The Minnesota Wild and Acceleration Minnesota are co-sponsors of the Mr. Hockey Awards Banquet. The Mr. Hockey Award is hosted by The Minnesota Minute Men.
Page 3 WILD SIGNS Chay Genoway Xcel Energy CenterChay Genoway played three of his last five college hockey Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band—games at Xcel Energy Center and with the number of green May 12, 7:30 pmjerseys in the stands, they felt like home games for theUniversity of North Dakota defenseman. Genoway now Tim McGraw—hopes that his next game in St. Paul really will be a home May 14, 7:00 pmgame. The standout blueliner and 2011 Hobey Baker Awardfinalist, signed an entry level contract with the MinnesotaWild on Tuesday. Taylor Swift –The 5-foot-9, 177 pound Shattuck-St. Marys product is June 14 & 15, 7:00 pmcoming off his final and most productive collegiate seasonin which he averaged better than a point per game (6- 2011 NHL Entry Draft –31=37 in 36 games) and helped his team reach the Frozen June 24-25Four, where the Fighting Sioux were upset by Michigan inthe semifinals."Thats going to be a little bit different. Im used to coming Britney Spears— July 6, 2011, 7:00 pmdown there and competing against the Gophers. But eventhough Minnesota was the enemy, now its excitingbecause I know how great of a city [St. Paul] is, and how Katy Perry—much the fans, and the entire state love hockey. Ive had a July 9, 2011, 7:30 pmchance to experience that for the last five years playing inthe area." Journey—"I went through all the steps of figuring out whats a good July 28, 2011, 7:00 pmfit for me personally, and whether they were interested.Obviously the interest level was good from both and wewere able to come to an agreement." Visa Championships— August 17-20 For more information, click here. Congratulations to White Bear Lake for winning the 2010-11 Capital of the State of Hockey!