Tuesday, November 14, 2006


St. Paul

The Minnesota Wild play in the St. Paul area at the Xcel Centre. A very beautiful arena. It was built specifically for hockey and no other sports share the facility. The 18,000 venue is sold out for each game. You are in the "State of Hockey" when you are in Minnesota. Wayne Carlson was our contact for the Wild, and he had us all fixed up in no time. We went to the game day skate and were very happy to meet with Kurtis Foster afterwards. Kurtis played with Dan in Chicago and was the first recipient of the Man of the Year Award that was renamed after Dan. He is having a good start to the season and is really enjoying playing for the Wild organization. We got the next set of signatures for the posters also. We had a nice visit with Kurtis and went back to the RV.
If the picture is clear enough to make out in the picture gallery, you can see that we are parked on loading dock #2 which is in the basement of the Xcel Centre. That was our spot for the day and night. We were made to feel so welcome by everyone in the organization and in the entire building. A special thanks to security people Jackson and Nick for looking after us. That is the good part about this tour. The people we meet. A kind person can show you what kind of person they actually are. We met so many truly kind people during our stay in St. Paul. The Wild won the game handily over the Columbus Blue Jackets making us a perfect 2 and 0 for the home team. Lets see how many wins we can get. Next stop, Edmonton to see the Oilers. Two cities down, 28 to go.

Graham's Game Report

Minnesota vs Columbus Oct. 14,2006 at the Xcel Center

A sell out crowd had a festive night in St. Paul’s as the Wild cruised to a 5-0 victory to remain undefeated. The Wild look to have a much stronger offence than in past years, while not sacrificing their usual stifling defense. Brian Rolston and Marian Gaborik looked unstoppable up front and the defense was solid. Manny Fernandez in goal earned his shutout. The Wild look like they will be a real force this year.

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