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MSE Around the Rink - February 2011

  1. 1. ISSUE 2 • VOLUME 4 • FEBRUARY 2011Brunette Reaches 1,000The Minnesota Wild game vs. the Los Angeles Kingson Tuesday, February 1st marked a great milestone; the 1,000thgame for Andrew Brunette.Brunette started his first career game with the WashingtonCapitals on January 17, 1996. At the age of 37, he stilldominates the area behind the opponents net like no other, setsup goals with sensational passes and even throws in an age-defying set of "hops" every so often. “Bruno” has been known for some very memorable RBC Practice Jerseys moments on the ice. One of his greatest moments was The Minnesota Wild, RBC Wealth Management the goal he scored to beat and Minnesota Hockey teamed up to offer fans Colorado in game seven of the opportunity to own a piece of the Year 10 the 2003 Western Team. Presented by RBC Wealth Management, Wild team Conference quarterfinal. practice jerseys were auctioned off with all proceeds going This moment was selected directly to Minnesota Hockey to benefit the Gear Up by Wild fans as the Minnesota! program. Winners were invited to a February 8th greatest moment in the closed to the public Wild practice to meet the player whose Wild’s first 10 years of jersey they won! Individuals were able to place bids on the existence. 1,000 games is an practice jerseys of specific Wild players through the auction’s amazing accomplishment, completion on January 31 through but to “Bruno” it’s just as important as the next game. Minnesota Hockey, a USA Hockey affiliate, is the governing body of youth hockey in Minnesota and the premier developer "I cant believe how fast it of hockey players in the state. The auction ended up raisingwent," admitted Brunette the day before. "I still feel young, even almost $8,000. All proceeds will go to the Gear Up Minnesota!though Im getting up there. You think of the guys youre able to program which provides equipment grants to hockeyplay with and Ive been very fortunate to play with some great associations throughout Minnesota in an effort to minimize thepeople along the way. Those are more of the thoughts I have as expense of playing hockey and get more boys and girls involvedopposed to memories of actual games." in the game.Brunette can be seen on the ice for optional practices, where his RBC Wealth Management has a legacy of giving and for nearlydedication and work ethic are apparent. Hes currently on pace a century they have played an active leadership role in theto play all 82 NHL games for the seventh time in the last eight communities where they do business. One of RBC Wealthseasons. Management’s main areas of focus is on youth education, and in Minnesota especially, youth hockey programs go a long wayIn addition to recognizing him during the game on February 1st, towards providing character development, life-enhancingthe Wild will honor Brunette for reaching the 1,000-game NHL values, integrity and sportsmanship at a young age. In 2009 themilestone in a special pre-game ceremony on Wednesday, firm gave approximately $4.1 million to charitable causes inFebruary. 9th when the Wild host the Colorado Avalanche at 7 communities in which it serves.p.m.
  2. 2. Page 22011 All-Star WeekendRepresenting the Minnesota Wild during the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend, Brent Burns and Martin Havlat managed to secure avictory in the game on Sunday, January 30th. This was the second time in Minnesota Wild history that multiple Wild players wereselected as all-stars.Traditionally, the All-Star Game has been a matchup of the East and West’s best players. This year’s game followed a new format,where captains selected their teams from a pool of All-Stars. Both Burns and Havlat were selected by Captain Nicklas Lidstrom.Team Lidstrom went on to win the game 11-10, with Havlat tallying three assists and Burns recording one assist.The weekend was a great one for Havlat and Burns, but it was even better for hockey fans and the NHL. A record number of fanstuned in to watch this year’s All-Star Game. In the US, TV viewership rose 36 percent over the last All-Star game. Canadianviewership increased by even more, with a 56 percent increase.
  3. 3. Page 3 The Minnesota Wild participated in the Xcel Energy Center National Hockey League wide Hockey Upcoming Events for Huggies promotion at the game on For more information, click here. Tuesday, February 1st at Xcel Energy Center, Chris Tomlin –with proceeds benefitting The Diaper Drive in Minneapolis. February 16th, 7:00 pmThe Minnesota Wild was one of the first NHL teams to MSHSL Girls’ Hockey Tournament -embrace the Hockey for Huggies campaign, which draws February 23-26attention to the Every Little Bottom Initiative. The campaignlaunched January 28th, during NHL All-Star weekend. The MSHSL Wrestling Tournament –Diaper Drive received a total of 9,230 diapers. Monetary March 2-5donations totals for the night reached nearly $1,400. Thankyou to all who made this event a huge success. MSHSL Boys’ Hockey Tournament - March 9-12If you werent able to make it on February 1st, it’s not too lateto donate! Through the month of February, feel free to text Smucker’s Stars on Ice –“Wild” to 501501 and $5 will be instantly donated to the March 13, 4:00 pmHockey for Huggies initiative. 2011 Red Baron WCHA Final Five– March 17-19 Kenny Chesney – March 25, 7:00 pm 2011 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four – April 7-9 Taylor Swift – June 14 & 15, 7:00 pm 2011 NHL Entry Draft – June 24-25 Katy Perry July 9, 2011 7:00 pm 2011 Visa Championships – August 17-20