Wilderness Walk 5-21-2013: Moore, OK Edition

Rise up Sooners, our thoughts are with you. - Brett Deering

There aren't many things on this Earth worse than Norman Green...

Good day to you Wilderness. I hope this Tuesday finds you well and any friends and family you have in Oklahoma and the surrounding area are safe and well.

Yesterday was another tough day for the soul to bare. Mother nature showed some of its worst to the people of Oklahoma as tornadoes tracked up and down the landscape. Entire sections of towns were wiped from the Earth, and no area hit harder than the city of Moore, OK. Situated between Oklahoma City and the home of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Moore is a town of just over 56 thousand people. No story here is worse than that coming from Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore. As a father of a kindergartner, these are the images nightmares are made of. I can only imagine what some of these parents are going through right now.

Once again Wilderness we are reminded that hockey, or sports in general take a back seat at times like this. Our thoughts go out to our friends in Oklahoma and anywhere affected by these devastating storms rolling through the plains the last couple days.

Stuff that doesn't matter...

Wild News

Minnesota Wild 2013 Season Player Grades: The Forwards
Wait, other people are allowed to give the Wild grades too?

Prospect Watch: Mikael Granlund’s Short, Sweet IIHF World Championship Tournament - Gone Puck Wild
Mikael Granlund notched a goal and two assists in four games with Finland at the 2013 IIHF Men's World Championships.

Tending The Fields

The Third Intermission: Shootout video from first Houston Aeros game back in 1994
I was 13 when this took place ... I feel old.

First Round Bust: #NHLDraft2013: Minnesota High School Hockey Part I: The Headliners...Tommy Vannelli, Minnetonka HS
Top Minnesota defensive draft prospect Thomas Vannelli has a heck of a lot of hockey sense. Curious as to what he might learn under the tutelage of one Ryan Suter.

Off The Trail

Datsyuk, Miller, Nyquist score to help Red Wings beat Blackhawks 3-1 to take 2-1 series lead | StarTribune.com
What's going on Chicago? You looked so good against whomever that last team was you played.

Blackhawks robbed by refs on no-goal in Game 3 vs. Red Wings? (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
The video evidence of the Blackhawks lost game tying goal. Decide for yourself Wilderness, were the Blackhawks robbed?

Mark Messier Leadership Award Finalists: Alfredsson vs. Brown vs. Toews | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
... and the Messi goes to ...

The goal that saved the Pittsburgh Penguins’ season | Backhand Shelf
One of the only times you can view a goal against as a good thing. Unless of course your backup fouls up big time. In which case you are in a world of hurt.

Kronwall’d: On the Pain Train that is Niklas Kronwall | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
Love him or hate him, this guy hits like a freight train. He's never been suspended, but then again ShannyNoBanny used to wear the wheeled wing too.

Max Domi opted to throw a disgusting through-his-own-legs saucer pass tonight | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
Watch it, now watch it again! Amazing!

NHL 14 cover vote: Datsyuk, Brodeur, Tavares and Bobrovsky are final four | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Have you voted for the NHL 14 cover yet? This article comes complete with EA cover conspiracy theory video as well.

Hockey announcer becomes emergency linesman after nasty accident, concussion | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
In today's hockey news of the weird, we bring you this little gem from the Australian Ice Hockey League.

NHL Tooth Watch: Cataloging all the lost fangs in the 2013 playoffs | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
The Tooth Fairy has been working overtime in these NHL playoffs.

On The Pitch

Minnesota United FC
Get to know these guys Wilderness, soccer coverage will be kicking into high gear here this summer! There is even a game tonight as Minnesota United FC takes on the Des Moines Menace in the second round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

The Lighter Side

Behold, the Hockey Toilet (Puck Treasures) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
HE SHOOTS, HE SCORES!!!!!!

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