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Wilderness Walk for 2-1-2011: Bruno Day

Bruno has learned it is easier to just catch a ride back to the other end of the ice. Veteran savvy.
Bruno has learned it is easier to just catch a ride back to the other end of the ice. Veteran savvy.

Andrew Brunette will be playing in his 1000th game tonight. In ten years of existence, he will be only the second player to do so in a Wild sweater. So, he gets the naming rights to the Walk today. Wild PR guru Ryan Stanzel tweeted yesterday that five local TV stations were at practice yesterday. On the average day, that number is usually zero.

But it's no big deal, right? Sure.

Today's Walk will once again show that only a select few are really paying attention, and where your dollars should be going if you are willing to pay for the news you are reading. This is one of those times I would normally write "I'm not sayin... just sayin." Today, I'll just say this: If you are paying for the Pioneer Press for Wild coverage, you are throwing your money in the garbage.

If you can get past the dripping contempt in that last sentence, head over to Facebook for the Question of the Day. Game day folks, have fun with the caption above. Be nice, though. It's Bruno Day.

Also, today is Defending the Blue Line Day in Minnesota. If you are coming down to the Capital, speak up! 3PM in the rotunda. Should be a good time.

Wild News

'Everybody loves Bruno -- always' | - Note that a certain beat writer you may or may not know has a large feature article about Brunette. Probably just coincidence that it runs the same day he plays his 1000th game, right? Great article. Must read of the day.

Wild, Kings hope to keep momentum going; Andrew Brunette to play 1,000th game | - Just to be sure, Russo also writes about it on the blog, along with providing the news related directly to the game.

The Bruno file | - Oh, and another section with what Bruno's career looks like in the box score.

Streaky Minnesota Wild confident team can clean up its act - - Meanwhile, across the river... we have an article about the team being streaky, and how the streaks of winning and losing are... over? Uh. OK. So, what about Bruno, surely there's a blurb or something, right? Nope. Nothing. 

View From The Lighthouse - Minnesota Wild - Some good stuff directly from the Wild about the stretch run. Notice how, somehow, they worked Brunette into it as well? Crafty.

System News 

Aeros Freeze The Heat, Move Into First Place - Houston News - Hair Balls - John Royal with an update on the Aeros. 

The Third Intermission: Fact Checking Can Be Your Friend - I can't imagine why I like this post. Good stuff.

Off the Trail

Spector on NHL: Tribute to a lost colleague - - Very cool article about a linesman paying tribute to a lost friend during the ASG. Well done, sir. Well done.

Walz beefs up the bench | Woodbury Bulletin | Woodbury, Minnesota - Wonder what Wes Walz is up to? The Woodbury Bulletin has the info you need. They also probably realize how important a 1000 game career is. Probaly got cut by the editor.


Governor Mark Dayton to Proclaim February 1st Defending The Blue Line Day

ST. PAUL, MN (January 28th, 2011) – Defending The Blue Line announced today that Governor Mark Dayton will be proclaiming February 1st “Defending The Blue Line Day” in Minnesota.  

The proclamation will be part of a two hour event being held at the Minnesota State Capitol rotunda on Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 3:00-5:00pm. The event will provide an opportunity for Minnesota political leaders to meet military hockey families from around the state. Service members will be in uniform, and their hockey children will be wearing their local hockey gear.

3:00-3:10Gov. Dayton proclaims Feb. 1 “Defending The Blue Line Day” in Minnesota
3:10-3:20 Comments from Rep. Bruce Anderson, Chairman of the House State Government Finance
Veterans Services Division, and Sen. Mike Parry, Chairman Senate State Government
Innovation and Veterans Committee 
3:20-3:25Comments from Shane Hudella, Defending The Blue Line President
3:25-3:30Comments from Exec. Dir Mike Snee, Minnesota Hockey

“We are very excited to have a day at the Capitol, it is a great way for our state leaders to meet their constituents who serve our state and nation,” said Shane Hudella, President, Defending The Blue Line. “Our service members’ children and families are excited to meet the new Governor and other key leaders, and we are very grateful.”

Defending The Blue Line is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by a group of National Guard soldiers in Minnesota. The charity assists families of all branches of the military with costs associated with hockey. They provide financial assistance for registration fees, free equipment, summer hockey camps, and sending many deserving families down to Xcel Energy Center for a night of fun at a Minnesota Wild game.

Defending The Blue Line is excited for this opportunity to further help military families. Keeping the kids focused and active in hockey is a great way to help keep their minds off of a parent’s upcoming deployment. For more information on how you can help Defending The Blue Line visit their website at  

For more information or for interviews, please contact:
Bryan Reynolds
Community Relations
Defending The Blue Line


Don't bother trying to contact whoever that guy is for info. I head he is a real jerk.