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Let the festivities begin!

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So here we are. Another All-Star game is upon us and the Wild have sent their contingent of 1 to Columbus. It's going to be an exciting time, and a game filled with defense goalies getting embarrassed. All-Star games in the NHL are ceremonial at best, just for fun. So we can all drool over the skill on display, watch as our favorite stars rip each other apart in a game that will be sure to be about as physical as a cotton candy attack.

Probably wont be a lot of news over the weekend that isn't revolving around the festivities in Columbus. Enjoy your break from depravity Wilderness. Let's walk.

Wild News

Russo: Will Wild be better after All-Star break? | Star Tribune
That's a good question Russo. Hope you got the answers.

Wild enters All-Star break looking to create more breaks | Star Tribune
No, don't say breaks. Last thing this team needs right now is more injuries.

HockeyBuzz.com - Tony Dean - Brand New #WildWednesday on Jeff Dubay Show
#ICYMI, friend of the Wilderness Tony Dean hangs out with Jeff Dubay and talks some puck.

Wild All-Star Break Award Winners - Articles - Articles - Articles - Wild Xtra
Wild awards, as picked by Wild Xtra.

Tending the Fields

Power shift? Gophers are underdogs in North Star Cup | Star Tribune
The wayward Gophers have drifted into uncharted territory where, for the moment, they’ve lost their title as Minnesota’s premier college hockey program

Iowa Wild tough guy is a hit with school kids | Des Moines Register
Rookie forward Kurtis Gabriel's rough play helps teammates find their comfort zone.

Aces return home hoping for turnaround | Alaska Dispatch News
The Alaska Aces begin a nine-game homestand Friday night against the Idaho Steelheads.

Consistency key to Mallards in 2nd half | Quad-City Times
When looking to sum up the first half of the Quad-City Mallards' season, all one needs to do is take a look at the week of New Year's Eve.

On Frozen Pond

Maple Grove girls' hockey rebounds from first loss | MN Girls Hockey Hub
The ladies from Maple Grove take it to Hill-Murray in their house.

Dobchuk, Eden Prairie shut out Wayzata to remain unbeaten | MN Girls Hockey Hub
Eden Prairie ladies stay on top over Wayzata.

Lindstrom leads Breck past St. Paul Academy | MN Boys Hockey Hub
Breck rolls over St. Paul Academy.

Off the Trail

Three Periods: All-star spotlight on Columbus; Vanek's vow; NHL notes - Yahoo Sports
A couple little tid-bits about Columbus, Vanek and some other stuff you might find interesting.

Hockey fan hits, shatters glass at York Ice Arena - The York Daily Record
Glass bangers ... go figure.

Sharks moving top farm team to San Jose - San Jose Mercury News
Why use the Jason Zucker Expressway when you can just walk across the hallway to a new locker room?

Injured forwards Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin ruled out of All-Star Game - 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend
Sidney Crosby, always the All-Star, almost never the participant.

Steven Stamkos, Alex Ovechkin among top picks in All-Star Game mock draft - 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend
A blow-by-blow account of how the All-Star fantasy draft breaks down.

Connor McDavid and linemates lead Team Orr to win in Top Prospects Game - NHL.com - News
That Travis Konecny kid was absolutely on fire last night.

Down Goes Brown: The "everything wrong with the all-star game" fantasy draft
Wait, something is wrong with the All-Star game?

Miss Canada's outrageous hockey tribute; Rinaldo's hearing set; Bieksa out indefinitely (Puck Headlines) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Worth the click simply for the picture of Miss Canada all hockey'd out.