Wild Hosts Coaching Clinic For H.S. Girls’ Hockey

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The NHL has made a new contract offer, saying it’s hopeful once the union and its negotiating committee review the proposal, they will share it with the players.

But in the meantime, the Minnesota Wild’s coaching staff is finding ways to keep busy.

On Friday, the staff hosted a special “Guard the Rink” clinic for a group of 40 high school girls’ hockey players and 20 of their coaches.

“The talent level out here for high school girls’ hockey is really high,” said the Wild’s Wes Walz.

The Minnesota National Guard sponsors this event each year.

“We’ve had the opportunity through the Wild, and with our connections to the local high schools, to reach out to the Minnesota high school coaches and players to really put on a unique experience,” said Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Bebus, of the Minnesota National Guard.

Aside from getting ice time at the Xcel Energy Center the girls also got a chance to visit the Wild locker room.

“I’m sure some boys would argue that, but having coached both boys and coached girls, I will say the girls pay attention to detail, they listen great,” said Walz. “The girls were very respectful. … It was a lot of fun today.”

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