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Wilderness Walk: Polar Bear Edition

The Wild had a day off after 2 road wins in 2 days, so I took the opportunity to jump into a frozen lake.

Me in my plunge attire
Me in my plunge attire
Aaron Holm

Good morning Wilderness, and welcome to today's edition of the Wilderness Walk. Your Minnesota Wild took a day off yesterday after winning 2 on the road. Not an overly impressive pair of victories but rookie goalie Darcy Kuemper was rock solid in both performances. Kuemper stopped 51 of 52 total shots combined in both games as well as all 7 shootout attempts the Vancouver Canucks. Well done kid, keep up the solid effort!

Of course yesterday was the big event up at Lake Calhoun where a couple thousand people gathered to watch a few folks clearly not in their right mind jump into a frozen lake. The Polar Bear Plunge by all accounts was a total success and yesterdays event to date has raised over 1 million dollars for the Special Olympics of Minnesota.

While waiting to plunge myself I ran into a very green Nordy who had a GoPro strapped to his head and was flanked by Kevin Gorg, Mike Greenlay and a few others from the Fox Sports North crew. It was quite the event folks, I highly recommend getting involved when this rolls around next year.

I'd like to thank those that donated, helping me become the top fundraiser on my plunge team The Bare Necessities with over 360 dollars and for anyone that may have donated to the other teams participating in the event. I will definitely be back to participate in the event next year.

Wild News

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A little more on the Wild's signings as well as some goalie trade rumor stuff from Russo.

NHL Insider: You can be plugged in, but still frozen out as trade deadline nears | Star Tribune

Tending the Fields

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Off the Trail

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Jaromir Jagr becomes seventh NHL player to score 700 goals (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Jagr will play till he's 50 if he has to, just to get to 800 career NHL goals.

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One has to wonder just what Luongo has done to the city of Vancouver to deserve all the love and adoration he gets.

Jonathan Toews makes four-year-old’s dream come true with Soldier Field skate (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
How the ice didn't melt with all the warmth on display is beyond me.