If you’re not in a good mood today, something is seriously wrong with you (with the obvious exception of a tragic event or job loss or something of that ilk). The weather is gorgeous, your Minnesota Lynx are WNBA champions, the UMD Bulldogs now have a National Championship banner hanging from the rafters, the Gopher football team has managed to get on the board with a solid field goal in the Big Ten season.
The ceremony has already kicked off at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, which is the home of Task Force Wild. The troops raised their State of Hockey flag right next to the Minnesota flag, flying high over the base. If you missed the Wild.com story on Task Force Wild and their desert hockey games, read about it here.
It will be the official debut of Mike Yeo as Head Coach. It will be the first “real” look at the Wild’s newest additions, except Mike Lundin. It will be the NHL debut of Brett Bulmer. And plus, there’s all kinds of parties and goings on when you’re in and around the rink, so get downtown early this afternoon.
There will be a moment of silence and a ceremony to honor fallen Wild teammates, Derek Boogaard and Pavol Demitra prior to tonight’s game. Fans are encouraged to download this photo on their mobile devices and hold them up during the ceremony. To get the photo, you can text “tribute” to 83281, and it will be sent to your phone.
And speaking of Demitra, who was involved in the tragic plane crash in Russia that killed the members of the Lokomotiv team, you can support a great cause to help families of those that lost their lives. Wives of NHL players from across the NHL have banded together to sell “Love for Lokomotiv” bracelets with all of the proceeds going to the victim’s families. Click here to purchase a bracelet or a band.
Finally, I don’t know if you saw Greg Wyshynski’s outstanding Q & A with Minnesota’s own David Backes, but it’s worth a read. Note how passionate Backes is about head shots, and how he singles out Cal Clutterbuck and Dustin Brown as two guys who deliver big hits, but do it clean.
That’s going to do it from here until game time. Nik Backstrom gets the start in goal, and Justin Falk and Matt Kassian will be the healthy scratches. Happy Home Opener!