About Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Wild was founded in 1997 and joined the NHL in 2000 and is one of the youngest NHL teams. As with many expansion teams, the Wild struggled initially but they found their footing and in the third season they went all the way to Western Conference Finals.
Since then the team’s success varied but the franchise went to three consecutive playoffs in last 3 seasons. The team also has one divisional title to their name, won when they were members of Northwest Division. They are currently assigned to Central Division in Western Conference that was part of the league’s 2013 realignment and they hope to finally make their first appearance in Stanley Cup Finals in near future.
Their colours are iron range red, forest green, harvest gold, minnesota wheat and white and their official mascot is Nordy, an animal of not quite known species. He wears the jersey with the largest number ever allowed in NHL, 18001 to represent his place as a member in The Team of 18000.
The head coach is Mike Yeo who joined the franchise in 2011. He had helped Pittsburgh Penguins win Stanley Cup in 2009 as a coach assistant.
The team’s goal defending lies in hands and legs of Devan Dubnyk who joined the Wild in 2015 and whom the fans nicknamed “The Great Wall of St. Paul”. He was traded mid-season 2014-15 to the Wild and that trade resurrected his career and he was awarded Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for a player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. He then signed 6 years deal to remain with the franchise and stabilise the position of a goalie in the team.
Duties of the team captain are Mikko Koivu task. The center drafted 6th overall in 2001 spent all his NHL career with the Wild where he made first appearance in 2006. He leads the franchise in all-time points scored he also won a gold medal playing in World Championship 2011 for his team Finland.
Ryan Suter is another important piece to the team’s chemistry. The defenceman was drafted in 2004 by the Predators and after several seasons with then he joined the Wild in 2012 where he saw his career going in better direction. He won The Hockey News Bobby Orr award for the best defenseman in 2013 he also was part of the USA team that won silver Olympic medal in 2010.
It looks like it’s the Wild’s turn to slowly start writing pages in history of hockey as the team seemed to have acquired many important pieces to become a great unit fighting on the ice for victories.