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Tonight's Tidbits: Threads, Twins, and Teams

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USA Olympic Jerseys were released today, Zach Parise is expecting twins, and the Wild announce a new affiliation.

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Today was a big day around USA hockey as the official threads were released to the public. It features a blue with red and white striped shield and matte stars on the shoulders. The release of the new jerseys also sparked widespread social media judgements. Most of the opinion that they had botched the design. You can read the USA Hockey press release and view photos of the new wardrobe here.

In other news coming from Zach and Alisha Parise, they are expecting twins. Yes, twins. The news led some to believe that maybe there is something in the water around Minnesota's ten thousand lakes. Just last month, Joe and Maddie Mauer welcomed twin baby girls to the world. Two hometown heroes and 4 kids apiece. You can't make it up. You can read more about the Parise news on Russo's blog here.

Finally the Minnesota Wild, along with the AHL Iowa Wild, announced an affiliation with the Quad City Mallards of the Central Hockey League. According to Iowa Wild general manager Jim Mill from this article, "The Quad Cities is a great hockey market and provides the Minnesota Wild organization with another first-class option to develop our players." It should be interesting to see how these affiliations outside of the AHL will actually help the big club. If you're counting, that means the Minnesota Wild have the Wild in Iowa, the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL, and now the QC Mallards of the CHL.