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Minnesota Wild Training Camp Opens Thursday

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Players are set to report for physicals this Thursday and take to the ice on Friday. The training camp roster has been set, and games kick off early next week.

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It's been a long off-season Wilderness, but that day is nearly upon us. The day you have been waiting for. Where football get thrown to the wayside (good riddance) and the best winter sport on the planet emerges from hibernation. It's hockey season!

Ok, so perhaps it's not quite October, yet. The Wild are just opening up training camp in 2 short days, but this is the where we start to see the team take shape. Who will be the surprise players to stay in Minnesota? Who will need more time to ripen in Iowa? These questions and more will start to get answered as this years Wild take to the ice starting this Friday.

Sure, we all know that Mikko Koivu will be back to captain this team in his for his 9th NHL season. Assistant captains Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and the newly acquired Thomas Vanek will surely be on the roster, along with some of the young guns like Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, Jonas Brodin, Jared Spurgeon and of course the recently re-signed RFA Nino Niederreiter. Questions surrounding Darcy Kuemper and his status with the team are still up in the air, but we're going to just let time work it's magic on that one, because I'm pretty sick of talking about it, aren't you?

In all, 60 players are on the training camp roster, which was just released yesterday. A lot of familiar faces will be at camp, along with the prospects, recent draftees, and a few free agent invitees as well. Let's take a look at who will be taking the ice for the Wild come this Friday.

Minnesota Wild 2014-2015 Training Camp Roster
# Name Height Weight (lbs) Shoots/Catches Position
24 Matt Cooke 5'11" 205 Left LW
40 Curt Gogol 6'1" 190 Left LW
36 Michael Keranen 6'1" 176 Left LW
11 Zach Parise 5'11" 195 Left LW
26 Thomas Vanek 6'2" 217 Right LW
19 Stephane Veilleux 6'1" 200 Left LW
16 Jason Zucker 5'11" 186 Left LW
12 Cody Almond 6'2" 217 Left C
21 Kyle Brodziak 6'2" 210 Right C
64 Mikael Granlund 5'10" 186 Left C
55 Erik Haula 5'11" 192 Left C
9 Mikko Koivu 6'3" 217 Left C
10 Jordan Schroeder 5'9" 180 Right C
27 Brett Sutter 6'0" 200 Left C
54 Brett Bulmer 6'4" 212 Right RW
3 Charlie Coyle 6'3" 221 Right RW
14 Justin Fontaine 5'10" 175 Right RW
22 Nino Niederreiter 6'2" 208 Left RW
61 Zack Phillips 6'2" 194 Right RW
29 Jason Pominville 6'0" 185 Right RW
28 Joel Rechlicz 6'4" 220 Right RW
58 Corbin Baldwin 6'5" 215 Left D
2 Keith Ballard 5'11" 208 Left D
4 Stu Bickel 6'4" 207 Right D
7 Jonathon Blum 6'1" 190 Right D
25 Jonas Brodin 6'1" 180 Left D
44 Justin Falk 6'5" 215 Left D
74 Colton Jobke 6'0" 190 Left D
6 Marco Scandella 6'3" 210 Left D
46 Jared Spurgeon 5'9" 185 Right D
20 Ryan Suter 6'1" 198 Left D
32 Niklas Backstrom 6'2" 194 Left G
33 John Curry 5'11" 185 Left G
37 Josh Harding 6'2" 202 Right G
35 Darcy Kuemper 6'5" 205 Left G
82 Olivier Archambault 6'0" 190 Left F
80 Jessey Astles 6'2" 205 Left F
62 Brady Brassart 6'2" 196 Right F
49 Raphael bussieres 6'1" 198 Left F
75 Reid Duke 6'0" 189 Right F
53 Tyler Graovac 6'4" 205 Left F
63 Kurtis Gabriel 6'4" 214 Right F
47 Reid Gardiner 5'11" 185 Right F
57 Ryan Graham 6'2" 205 Left F
81 Pavel Jenys 6'2" 198 Left F
76 Chase Lang 6'1" 182 Right F
59 Zack Mitchell 6''0" 184 Right F
67 Andrew Ryan 6'3" 202 Left F
71 Ryan Walters 6'0" 190 Left F
55 Matt Dumba 6'0" 183 Right D
73 Tanner Faith 6'3" 211 Right D
5 Christian Folin 6'3" 210 Right D
34 Guillaume Gelinas 5'10" 185 Right D
68 Alex Gudbranson 6'2" 204 Right D
78 Dylan Labbe 6'2" 194 Left D
23 Gustav Olofsson 6'4"
191 Left D
79 Hunter Warner 6'2" 202 Left D
50 Alexandre Belanger 6'1" 184 Left G
31 Johan Gustafsson 6'2" 202 Left G
70 Brandon Whitney 6'5" 208 Right G

Now if you're one of those types that just cannot wait to see your favorite team take to the ice, luck is on your side. The team will be holding an open practice Saturday, September 20th. You will be able to get in, for free (just another way the Wild win over the Avalanche) through Gate 1 starting at 8:30 am. The open practice will run till 1:30 pm and you will be able to get all your favorite concessions. The Hockey Lodge will also be open for all your Wild apparel and accessorizing needs. Single game tickets also go on sale this Saturday, starting at 10 am.

Minnesota Wild Pre-Season Schedule
Date Visitors Home Time (CT)
Monday, September 22 Wild Jets 7:00 PM
Thursday, September 25 Wild Penguins 6:00 PM
Saturday, September 27 Jets Wild 7:00 PM
Monday, September 29 Penguins Wild 7:00 PM
Thursday, October 2 Wild Blues 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 4 Blues Wild 7:00 PM

The Wild will kick off their first of 6 pre-season games by travelling to The Wall to face-off against the Jets in less than a week, this Monday, September 22. That's right folks, you are just 6 short days away from Minnesota Wild hockey. Unfortunately, not a lot of television coverage for us this year in the pre-season. Monday's game will be on TSN-3 and the game on September 27th will be on the NHL Network here in the States.

Well definitely be on top of your coverage needs throughout the pre-season. Regular season and home opener will be Thursday, October 9th against the Colorado Avalanche, and although it will be an early season match up, there are bound to be some fireworks with Matt Cooke's golden knee out there in proximity to Tyson Barrie.

It's nearly here Wilderness! Your wait is almost over, you have been so patient this off-season and will be righteously rewarded!