Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center Information: Address & Parking

If you look through the top searched items for any stadium, things like addresses and parking information always come up. The Minnesota Wild play at the beautiful Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul – stop searching because here is what you need to know:

Xcel Energy Center Address:

199 West Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Xcel Energy Center Parking:

There are 2 ramps directly connected to the Xcel: RiverCentre and Kellogg:
RiverCentre Ramp – 150 W. Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Kellogg Ramp – 129 W. Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55102

For Wild games, you often need pre-purchased passes to park in these lots. You can buy affordable parking passes from local ticket seller Ticket King to many Wild games.



Otherwise, there are several other nearby parking choices including:
7 Corners – 150 Smith Avenue
Lawson Commons – 10 W. 6th Street
Victory Ramp – 344 N. Wabasha Street

405 Minnesota Street

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Minnesota Iowa Wild – Is it Worth the Trip?

I am wondering if anyone has made the trip a few hours south to see the Minnesota Iowa Wild play at Wells Fargo Arena Des Moines???

I was a huge supporter of moving the AHL development team to Iowa and to changing the team name and color to more closely resemble the NHL Minnesota Wild team, but  
I have not made the trip to see them. It is 100% on my to-do list. I love hockey and although I don’t think of Iowa as a hockey hotbed, I think a quick trip to see the Minnesota Wild affiliate team would be fun…especially on a $2 beer night!


Lets go Wild – Iowa! Is that mascot a cat? puurrrfect.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Minnesota Wild Goalie Dilemma

The Wild have 3 goalies on the roster and I swear you need a crystal ball to know who is going to start which game. I am not sure that is a strategy of head coach Mike Yeo or just simply a matter of circumstance. My personal hope is that Darcy Kuemper emerges as a strong healthy reliable goal tender that we can count on for the season…or in my freakish dream world, Jonathan Quick decides HE too wants to raise his family in Minnesota and requests a transfer (LOL!)

Which Minnesota Wild Goalie would you choose?

Minnesota Wild Jersey #32 - Niklas Backstrom, 6' 2", 197 pounds,      Born February 13, 1978 – a serious, and insightful Aquarius.

Minnesota Wild Jersey #35 - Darcy Kuemper, 6' 5", 205 pounds, Born May 5, 1990- a secure and strong Taurus.

Minnesota Wild Jersey #37 - Josh Harding, 6' 2", 194 pounds, Born June 18, 1984      -

an inquisitive and intelligent Gemini.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hottest Selling Minnesota Wild Ticket Right Now

I talked to local ticket seller Ticket King (I keep seeing Ticket King everywhere! They were big sponsors of TwinsDaily.com this year and I swear they have ads on a million metro transit buses so I thought I would reach out to them and give them a free shout out too!) about what the hottest selling Minnesota Wild ticket is  right now. Any guesses?

Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets on December 27th


I guess I am not super surprised, it’s a Saturday night after Christmas and those Jets fans love to travel. Let’s make sure the Minnesota Wild fans get Wild tickets in their stockings this year and we fill the Xcel with WILD fans!


Monday, August 4, 2014

2014-15 Minnesota Wild Schedule Interesting Facts


Of course interesting is a relative term...especially when talking about the Minnesota Wild Schedule, but.... my top 5 2014-15 Minnesota Wild Schedule Interesting Facts are:

13 sets of back to back games (is that unlucky? 13?) – That seems like a lot and I hope my Wild team gets plenty of rest and can stay basically injury free

4 games is the longest road trip at the end of January, I wish the long road trip would come earlier in the season, but it is what it is

5 games is the longest homestand at the end of March into April – I love that we are at home close to crunch time when we are making the push for the playoffs


19 Weekend Home Games – I am sure the ticket brokers of Minnesota are rejoicing over that – we all know weekend games are hot tickets

January 8th should be a game all Minnesota Wild and Minnesota based Blackhawks fans should circle because it is the first home ice rematch against the Blackhawks.

Minnesota Wild Schedule

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2014-15 Minnesota Wild Regular Season Schedule

If you haven’t seen it already (then you are probably living under a rock or not a real big hockey fan), here is the 2014-15 Minnesota Wild Regular Season Schedule. I left off the pre-season games cuz I only care about 1 thing – THE STANLEY CUP and those pre-season games do not help get our MN Wild team any closer to Lord Stanley! 

Let’s go Wild 
I hope it’s a Wild Freak kind of season!

2014-15 Minnesota Wild 

Regular Season Schedule


Thurs, Oct 9: vs. Colorado 7:30 PM

Sat, Oct 11: @ Colorado 8:00 PM

Fri, Oct 17: @ Anaheim 9:00 PM

Sun, Oct 19: @ Los Angeles 3:00 PM

Thurs, Oct 23: vs. Arizona 7:00 PM

Sat, Oct 25: vs. Tampa Bay 7:00 PM

Mon, Oct 27: @ NY Rangers 6:00 PM

Tues, Oct 28: @ Boston 6:00 PM

Thurs, Oct 30: vs. San Jose 7:00 PM

Sat, Nov 1: vs. Dallas 7:00 PM

Tues, Nov 4: vs. Pittsburgh 7:00 PM

Thurs, Nov 6: @ Ottawa 6:30 PM

Sat, Nov 8: @ Montréal 6:00 PM

Tues, Nov 11: @ New Jersey 6:00 PM

Thurs, Nov 13: vs. Buffalo 7:00 PM

Sat, Nov 15: @ Dallas 1:00 PM

Sun, Nov 16: vs. Winnipeg 4:00 PM

Thurs, Nov 20: @ Philadelphia 6:00 PM

Sat, Nov 22: @ Tampa Bay 6:00 PM

Mon, Nov 24: @ Florida 6:30 PM

Wed, Nov 26: vs. Los Angeles 7:00 PM

Fri, Nov 28: @ Dallas 7:30 PM

Sat, Nov 29: vs. St. Louis 7:00 PM

Wed, Dec 3: vs. Montréal 6:00 PM

Fri, Dec 5: vs. Anaheim 7:00 PM

Tues, Dec 9: vs. NY Islanders 7:00 PM

Thurs, Dec 11: @ San Jose 9:30 PM

Sat, Dec 13: @ Arizona 7:00 PM

Tues, Dec 16: @ Chicago 7:30 PM

Wed, Dec 17: vs. Boston 7:00 PM

Sat, Dec 20: vs. Nashville 7:00 PM

Tues, Dec 23: vs. Philadelphia 6:00 PM

Sat, Dec 27: vs. Winnipeg 6:00 PM

Mon, Dec 29: @ Winnipeg 7:00 PM

Wed, Dec 31: @ Columbus 6:00 PM

Fri, Jan 2: vs. Toronto 7:00 PM

Sat, Jan 3: @ Dallas 7:00 PM

Tues, Jan 6: vs. San Jose 7:00 PM

Thurs, Jan 8: vs. Chicago 7:00 PM

Sat, Jan 10: vs. Nashville 1:00 PM

Sun, Jan 11: @ Chicago 7:00 PM

Tues, Jan 13: @ Pittsburgh 6:00 PM

Thurs, Jan 15: @ Buffalo 7:00 PM

Sat, Jan 17: vs. Arizona 8:00 PM

Mon, Jan 19: vs. Columbus 7:00 PM

Tues, Jan 20: @ Detroit 6:30 PM

***NHL All-Star Break***

Tues, Jan 27: @ Edmonton 8:30 PM

Tues, Jan 29: @ Calgary 8:00 PM

Sun, Feb 1: @ Vancouver 2:30 PM

Tues, Feb 3: vs. Chicago 7:00 PM

Sat, Feb 7: vs. Colorado 7:00 PM

Mon, Feb 9: vs. Vancouver 7:00 PM

Tues, Feb 10: @ Winnipeg 7:00 PM

Thurs, Feb 12: vs. Florida 7:00 PM

Sat, Feb 14: vs. Carolina 7:00 PM

Mon, Feb 16: @ Vancouver 9:00 PM

Wed, Feb 18: @ Calgary 8:30 PM

Fri, Feb 20: @ Edmonton 8:00 PM

Sun, Feb 22: vs. Dallas 7:00 PM

Tues, Feb 24: vs. Edmonton 7:00 PM

Thurs, Feb 26: @ Nashville 7:00 PM

Sat, Feb 28: @ Colorado 9:00 PM

Tues, March 3: vs. Ottawa 7:00 PM

Thurs, March 5: @ Washington 6:00 PM

Fri, March 6: @ Carolina 6:00 PM

Sun, March 8: vs. Colorado 5:00 PM

Tues, March 10: vs. New Jersey 7:00 PM

Fri, March 13: vs. Anaheim 7:00 PM

Sat, March 14: @ St. Louis 7:00 PM

Tues, March 17: @ Nashville 7:00 PM

Thurs, March 19: vs. Washington 7:00 PM

Sat, March 21: vs. St. Louis 1:00 PM

Mon, March 23: @ Toronto 6:30 PM

Tues, March 24: @ NY Islanders 7:00 PM

Fri, March 27: vs. Calgary 7:00 PM

Sat, March 28: vs. Los Angeles 7:00 PM

Thurs, April 2: vs. NY Rangers 7:00 PM

Sat, April 4: vs. Detroit 6:00 PM

Mon, April 6: vs. Winnipeg 7:00 PM

Tues, April 7: @ Chicago 7:30 PM

Thurs, April 9: @ Nashville 7:00 PM


Sat, April 11: @ St. Louis 6:30 PM

Wild Re-Sign Justin Fontaine



The Wild re-signed Justin Fontaine today to a two year contract. For more infOon the deal, here is the always-outstanding Michael Russo from the Star Tribune:

The deal is expected to be worth $1 million annually ($950,000 in Year 1 and $1.05 million in Year 2). Fontaine, the former University of Minnesota Duluth national champion, tied for fourth on the Wild and tied for 12th among NHL rookies last season with 13 goals. That goal total was third-highest ever by a Wild rookie. He had 21 points in 66 games and his plus-6 was tied for second all-time by a Wild rookie.

I personally like the signing. Now if we can also sign Nino this off-season, that would be great! But it sounds life, if you read the article by Russo I linked to, that is likely happening. Fingers crossed!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Thomas Vanek Signs With Minnesota Wild

Possible foreshadowing of what was to come in the future? Here is Vanek, Parise and Suter all together before they were in the NHL
Chuck Fletcher has done it again. The Minnesota Wild signed Thomas Vanek today to a three year 19.5 million dollar deal, and in doing so brought the former Golden Gopher back to the State of Hockey.

As if you needed another reason to come out to the X, now you have another – to see the Austrian-born left-winger who led the Gophers to a national championship 11 years ago. For more info on the deal, here is the always excellent Michael Russo of the Star Tribune:

He has a full no-move clause and left money and term on the table from other teams. He'll earn $5.5 million in 2014-15, $6.5 million in 2015-16 and $7.5 million in 2016-17. He'll wear No. 26. 

Don’t know about you guys, but, as others have already said, we think this deal is vantastic.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Minnesota Wild Select Alex Tuch in First Round of 2014 NHL Draft


In the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft, the Minnesota Wild took RW Alex Tuch from the USA U-18 Development Team. The youngster shows a lot of promise and appears to have a bright future ahead of himself. Here are some quick bullet points about the kid, via nhl.com:

-In 2013-14, his second season with the U.S. National Team Development Program, Tuch tied for the under-18 team-lead with seven game-winning goals and a plus-35 rating. He ranked third on the club with 64 points (29-35—64) in 61 games.

- A two-time medalist with Team USA, Tuch won gold at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship (0-3—3 in seven games) and bronze at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (1-3—4 in 6 games). He was also part of the U.S. Under-18 team that finished first at the 2012 Four Nations Tournament.

-Growing up, he idolized his neighbor, Tim Connolly, a Syracuse native who played 11 NHL seasons with the New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs.

-In 2011-12, Tuch set the Empire Junior Hockey League scoring record with 101 points (44-57—101) in 40 games as a 15-year-old.

-He has committed to Boston College for the fall of 2014: “Boston College has always been my dream school. I can remember watching them in the Frozen Four when I was six

Monday, June 2, 2014

Wild Coach Mike Yeo Recieves Contract Extension



And we couldn't be happier. The man deserves it after taking the team into the second round for just the second time in franchise history and posting a total record of 104-82-26 in his first three seasons at the helm.

Here is what Yeo had to say in a release posted on the Wild's website:

”I am very excited to continue to coach the Minnesota Wild and pursue a Stanley Cup for the State of Hockey,” said Yeo. “Our fan support has been amazing and it went to a new level during the playoffs this season. We are all motivated to reward them.”

Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher praised Yeo for the work he has put in over the past three seasons and also said in the release that the organization looks forward to Yeo's ongoing leadership as head coach.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks Game 6

Tonight's the night, folks! If you are a Minnesota Wild fan (and you better be!) we want you to have a chance to get to the Minnesota Wild game tonight! This is an important game because the Minnesota Wild have to win it to stay in the series. The score is 3-2 with the Blackhawks in the lead and the Wild need this win.

That's why you need to get to the game! Ticket King still has some great options and we want you to order your tickets today to make it to the game. Check out Ticket King's options before they're all gone!


 

Go Wild!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Wild Win Game 3 Over Blackhawks

We've got great news for Wild fans everywhere - The Wild won over the Blackhawks on Tuesday night - 3-0! It was a great game and everyone loved all the action! The Wild were on top of their game and scored three times in the third period. That was good hockey. Do you still need tickets for the Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks game 4 on Friday? Check out Ticket King's options!


 

Go Wild! We can't wait to see what Friday will bring!