Dean Blais Will Coach U.S. At World Juniors

One last look back at St. Patrick’s Day, and then we move forward. When I try to think of word for St. Patty’s Day 2011, “sucks” comes to mind quite frequently. The Wild lost, every other Western Conference team won and the UMD Bulldogs lost to Bemidji State in the WCHA Final Five. Plus, my Final Five brackets is completely blown to rubble.

Thankfully, it’s over, and today is shaping up to be a much better day. It starts with University of Nebraska Omaha head coach Dean Blais being named as the head coach of the U.S. National Junior team, which will take part in the World Junior Championships starting in December in Calgary and Edmonton. Of course Blais led the United States to a gold medal in the 2010 World Junior Championships, and the guy pretty much knows how to win.

While we’re on the subject of amateur hockey players and Minnesota natives (Blais is a native of International Falls), there are two Minnesotans that were named as finalists for the 2011 Hobey Baker Award. Duluth’s Jack Connolly (UMD) of Minnesota-Duluth and Edina’s Chase Polacek (RPI) are among the final 10. The other finalists are Cam Atkinson (Boston College), Carter Camper (Miami-Ohio), Matt Frattin (UND), Andy Miele (Miami-Ohio), Gustav Nyquist (Maine), Justin Schultz (Wisconsin), Paul Thompson (New Hampshire) and Paul Zanette (Niagara).

Also, the Wild is one of four teams (Chicago, Columbus and Detroit are the others) that will be honored by the U.S. EPA for redistributing unsold arena food to those in need.

In cooperation with food provider Levy, the Wild have rerouted 6,220 pounds of food. Levy and Joseph’s Store House coordinate the pick-up and distribution from Xcel Energy Center after Wild home games. On March 26, the EPA will celebrate the Wild’s environmental achievements, presenting the Club withe a plaque on the “Let’s Play Hockey” FSN stage during intermission.


2 responses to “Dean Blais Will Coach U.S. At World Juniors

  1. The Wild”s slide has not suprised me at all, from game 1 I felt that they were not a play-off team, at best a 500 team from game 1 to 82, except for 2 or 3 players all they have are role guys and you don’t get into the play-off’s with all role players, this mess can still be put at the doorstep of the forner GM Doug and his scouting staff, they did a god-awful job, yesterday against the Habs they may have hit rock bottom and I feel that the 2 goalies who were the only reason they were in the play-off hunt told the rest of the team that they were done, the telling game for me was Feb. 28th against the Blackhawks, the team is still in the play-off hunt playing at home with the Blackhawks 1 or 2 points behind them and the Wild were no where to be found, once again it was one of the goalies that kept them in the game even though their play was horrible, when I saw that game my comment was “they are done” and the Wild have their announcers hawking season tickets for next year, next to the team that is the biggest joke.

  2. Wait don’t you love the special bonus for renewing tickets early. The wild make more money buy not losing credit card %

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