MSE Around the Rink - July 2010

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MSE Around the Rink - July 2010

  1. 1. ISSUE 7 • VOLUME 3 • JULY 2010 2010-2011 Draft Picks & Signings Drafted: The Minnesota Wild drafted European skater Mikael Granlund during the 2010 NHL draft in Los Angeles. With the #9 pick, General Manager Chuck Fletcher, announced the selection for the #1 overall pick in Europe. From Finland, 18 year old Granlund averaged nearly a point-per-game in his first season in Finland's top league, leading all rookies with 40 points (13-27- 40) in 43 games playing for HIFK - a program that has produced several NHL stars. He represented his country at the 2010 World Junior Championships where he led his team in points (7) and assists (6) with Finland finishing fifth overall. The Wild also drafted 5 other players during the 7 round draft: Rd. 2 (#39): Brent Bulmer from Prince George, B.C. Rd. 2 (#56): Johan Larsson from Lau, Sweden. Rd. 2 (#59): Jason Zucker from Las Vegas, NV. Rd. 6 (#159): Johan Gustafsson from Koping, Sweden. Rd. 7 (#189): Dylen McKinlay from Langley, BC. Signed: Right wing Brad Staubitz was signed to a two-year contract. Staubitz, 25, was acquired by Minnesota from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a fifth round pick (#129) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He recorded six points and 110 penalty minutes (PIM) in 47 games with San Jose in 2009-10, his first full season in the NHL. The 6’1”, 210-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta has totaled nine points and 186 PIM in 82 career NHL games with San Jose. He was originally signed as a free agent by the Sharks on Sept. 19, 2005. Matt Cullen, a Virginia, MN native, was signed to a three-year contract with the Minnesota Wild. The 6’1” center posted 48 points in 81 total games with Carolina and Ottawa in the 2009- 10 season and averaged 18:45 in ice time and won 51% of face-offs. He added eight points, including two power play goals (PPG), in six playoff games. Cullen won a Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006. Cullen has totaled 461 points, including 43 PPG and 10 shorthanded goals in 880 games over 12 NHL seasons with Anaheim, Florida, Carolina, the New York Rangers and Ottawa. He was a Second Team All-WCHA selection at St. Cloud State in 1997 and has four times represented the United States at the IIHF World Championship. He was Anaheim’s second-round pick (#35 overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. The Minnesota Wild signed left wing Eric Nystrom to a three-year contract. The son of former NHL player Bob Nystrom, 27-year old Eric tallied career highs in goals, assists and points while accruing 117 hits and skating in all 82 games for the Calgary Flames in 2009-10. From Syosset, N.Y., Nystrom has played in 204 games over parts of four seasons with Calgary, totaling 39 points and 191 penalty minutes (PIM). He played collegiately at the University of Michigan and was Calgary’s first-round pick (#10 overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. (continued on page 2)
  2. 2. Goalie Dennis Endras from Immenstadt, Germany was signed to the Minnesota Wild to a one- year, two-way contract. The 6-foot Endras led the Augsburger Panther to the finals of the German Hockey League in 2009-10 posting a 28-24 record with a 3.28 GAA and a .905 SV% in 52 regular season contests. Endras went 8-6 with a 2.36 GAA and a .937 SV% in 14 playoff matches. Endras was named the Rookie of the Year in 2009 posting a 26-24 record with a 3.05 GAA, a .905 SV% and six shutouts in 50 games. Don’t forget that the 2011 NHL Entry Draft will take place at our own Xcel Energy Center on Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th. The 2011 NHL Entry Draft will be the second-ever held in the state of Minnesota and the first at Xcel Energy Center. Stay tuned for more information in upcoming newsletters! History of Hockey: Development Camp Minnesotans and the Stanley Cup The Minnesota Wild will hold a development camp for team The Stanley Cup is awarded annually to the NHL playoffs prospects July 13-19 at Xcel Energy Center. The camp will focus champion. It was donated by former Governor General of on the development of the organization’s top young prospects Canada Lord Stanley of Preston in 1892, and is the oldest in both on-ice and off-ice settings. Houston Aeros Head Coach professional sports trophy in North America. Mike Yeo and Minnesota Wild Director of Player Development Brad Bombardir will lead the on-ice sessions. In 1914, the two professional ice hockey organizations, the National Hockey A total of 36 players are scheduled to attend the Wild’s 2010 Association and the Pacific Coast Hockey Development Camp including 19 selected by Minnesota in the Association, reached an agreement in NHL Entry Draft. Players scheduled to attend include Cody which their respective champions would Almond, Tyler Cuma, Justin Falk, Kristopher Foucault, Colton face each other for the Stanley Cup. It Gillies, Nate Prosser, Marco Scandella and Casey Wellman became the championship trophy of the along with five players selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. NHL in 1926 and has been under the league’s exclusive control since 1947. The camp will conclude with scrimmages on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18 at Xcel Energy Center. The scrimmage on Since the 1913–14 season, the trophy July 17 will be accessible exclusively to Wild season ticket has been won a combined 94 times by holders and feature a “State of the Team Address” along with 17 active NHL teams and a small post-scrimmage autographs. Autograph tickets will be number of defunct clubs. The Montreal Canadiens have won distributed on a first come, first serve basis. the Stanley Cup 23 times and made the finals an additional seven times. There were two seasons when the Stanley Cup The scrimmage on July 18 will be open to the public with an was not awarded: the 1918–19 season, because of a Spanish open skate opportunity for the first 250 people in attendance. flu epidemic, and 2004–05, because of the NHL lockout. Both scrimmages will start at 11 a.m. Gate 1 will open at 10:30 am both days. For more information, click here. Since the inception of the NHL Stanley Cup in 1926, there have been a total of 36 Minnesotans to be a part of the Internship Opportunity! championship team. Dustin Byfuglien from Roseau was on The Minnesota Wild Corporate Sales & Service team is the Chicago Blackhawks winning team this past season. looking for an intern for the 2010-2011 season. Open only Recent pick-up Matt Cullen was on the Cup team, Carolina to current college students; junior or senior, or current Hurricanes, during the 2005-06 season. There have been 6 graduate student in degree program. This internship is Minnesotans to win multiple Stanley Cups; Elwyn “Doc” unpaid and requires the successful completion of an Romnes (2), Frank Brimsek (2), Don Jackson (2), Jamie internship assignment to be eligible for established Langenbruner (2), Bill Nyrop (3) and Dave Langevin (4). academic credit program. For more information or to apply, direct applicants to the following link and click on “Job Postings.”
  3. 3. Important Deadlines July 30 – Pocket Schedule Ads due • August 6 – Media Guide Ads due • August 13 – Event Suite Nights due • August 20 – All Signage, Program Ads, Sponsorship Nights due • September 1 – Radio Spots & Internet Ads due • September 24 – Yearbook Ads due • October 1 – TV spots due Trivia Challenge Did you know that Finland is actually not considered a "Scandinavian" country, but a "Nordic" country? Wild.com is featuring a trivia contest of 50-questions related to Finnish hockey and Finnish culture. The Trivia Challenge was designed to celebrate the Wild's season opening games in Finland, as well as the many Finnish natives to wear the Wild uniform including Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom and Antti Miettinen. The contest, which runs through Friday, August 13, will precede the Wild opening the 2010 NHL regular season in Finland and will help fans learn about the heritage of many Minnesotans, some of the Finnish players who have skated in the NHL and for the Minnesota Wild. At the end of the contest, the fan who has earned the most points will win the grand prize, including an autographed Mikko Koivu Team Finland jersey, four tickets to the Wild regular season home-opener at Xcel Energy Center and an opportunity to meet with Koivu following the game. To register, visit this link. Xcel Energy Center Upcoming Events Events highlighted in red have suites available! For more information, visit www.xcelenergycenter.com. If you are interested in purchasing a suite for one of the upcoming events, please contact Kathleen Borschke at kborschke@wild.com. Lady Gaga August 30 & 31 - Suites Available Dave Matthews Band September 15 – Suites Available Disney Live! October 24 - Suites Available Roger Waters October 27

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