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ZacStrong: Hockey Award Named For Boy Who Died Of CancerThree years ago, Zac Bartz passed away after a lifelong battle with cancer. As a way to honor Zac, the Chisago Lakes Hockey Association named an award after him for a player who shows courage, strength, and love for his teammates, among other attributes.
Wild Place Brodin On Injured Reserve With Broken FootThe Minnesota Wild have placed defenseman Jonas Brodin on injured reserve because of a broken foot. Brodin was injured in Thursday night's 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers. The Wild said Saturday he's expected to miss three to six weeks.
Wild Snap Pic Of Golf With A GatorIt was golf with a gator for some members of the Minnesota Wild. Nino Niederreiter tweeted out a photo of the reptilian interloper as he and fellow teammates Marco Scandella, Matt Dumba and Darcy Kuemper hit the links recently.
Better Late Than Never For U.S. Pond Hockey TourneyThe U.S. Pond Hockey Championships kicked off in Minneapolis Friday. The event on Lake Nokomis was pushed back by two weeks this year because of unseasonably-warm weather.
Minnesota Wild Hire Stats Specialists For Hockey OperationsThe Minnesota Wild have hired for their hockey operations department a pair of analytics specialists who co-founded an advanced statistics website. Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher announced Tuesday the club has brought in Andrew C. Thomas as lead hockey researcher and Alexandra Mandrycky as hockey operations analyst.
Organizers Say Ice Should Hold For U.S. Pond Hockey ChampionshipsOrganizers of this week's U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis say the ice should be fine, even though daytime temperatures are expected to remain above freezing from the time the tournament starts on Friday until the five division champions are crowned and the coveted Golden Shovel is handed out on Sunday.
Minnesotan Oilers Player Suffers Athletic Cup-Smashing Puck To GroinAn NHL player who originally hails from Blaine crumpled to the ice in a Thursday night game after he was smacked by a puck to the groin. Matt Hendricks, center for the Edmonton Oilers, played at Blaine High School and later at St. Cloud State.
Organizers Turn North American Pond Hockey Tournament Into Bean-Bag CompetitionInstead of throwing in the towel when weather caused a hockey tournament to be canceled, event organizers threw in a bag. A bean bag to be exact.
Wild Break Losing Streak, Win 3 – 0 Over LA KingsThe five-game losing streak, the January power-play drought and the creeping sense of frustration all vanished in one cathartic evening for the Minnesota Wild.
Minnesota Wild Lose 3 – 1 To Anaheim DucksThe Anaheim Ducks scored all their goals at even strength against the Minnesota Wild, which was critical for the NHL's lowest-scoring team — especially against a club that doesn't give up many power-play opportunities.
Blaine Hockey Ace Tufte Has The NHL In His SightsHe does not look like a hockey player, but he sure plays like one. Riley Tufte has a chance to lead his Blaine High School team to a state title, and he has a chance to play hockey after high school -- for a long time.
Luverne Sophomore Brings Hockey Fever To Southern Minn.Luverne, Minnesota is in the heart of high school basketball country, but since hockey has moved its way down that way they've taken a liking to the game -- especially one standout who has a Division I future.

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