There is an array of competitions with ties to the Minnesota Wild going on this month, but we’ll get you started with a reminder to vote on the Wild.com Top Plays Tournament. There were a few surprises and upsets in Round 1, and Round 2 is shaping up to be even closer as of today’s tally. You can vote until 7 p.m. Sunday, so stuff the ballot box, here.
The 2012 IIHF World Championships kick off today in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. Mikko Koivu will captain Team Finland alongside Wild prospect Mikael Granlund. Minnesota prospect, goaltender Dennis Endras will backstop Team Germany. Matt Hackett is at the tournament with Canada and is the team’s third goaltender. In a disappointment to Wild fans, prospects defenseman Jonas Brodin and forward Johan Larsson are not on Team Sweden’s game day roster to start the tournament. But from what I can gather, countries are allowed to carry 25 players for the World Championships and they were on Sweden’s 25-man, May 2 roster. You can read more about the tournament with Wild.com’s Fan Guide to the World Championships, here. Check out the full tournament schedule, here.
Three Minnesota prospects also begin their quest for hardware this weekend. Charlie Coyle and Zack Phillips are in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey league finals and will play for the President’s Cup against Rimouski. Game 1 is tonight in Saint John. Wild.com has a look at that series, here, and Coyle and Phillips are guests on the PONDcast, here. Mario Lucia will play for the Canadian Junior ‘A’ national championship as he continues to rack up accolades and banners for his team, the Penticton Vees. The RBC Cup tournament starts tomorrow in Humboldt, Saskatchewan.
You might have seen this Wild TV video last month, about the Wild’s coaching and training staff prepping for the Tough Mudder, a 12-mile obstacle course that can break the strongest of wills. Well, their “punishment for not making the playoffs” will come to a head on Saturday, May 19 at the Tough Mudder run. Team Minnesota Wild is accepting contributions with proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project. To donate, go here, and to find out more about the Wounded Warrior Project, go to the organization’s website, here.