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TCF Bank Stadium will be hosting an Minnesota NHL Alumni vs Chicago Blackhawks Alumni game to go along with the Stadium Series game on Feb 20. The game will feature such legendary names as Modano, Broten, McRae, Belfour and #SecordSucks.

Everyone wants to be like Mike.
Everyone wants to be like Mike.
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Big news in the Wilderness as it was announced today that the Stadium Series Game would also bring an NHL alumni game to TCF Bank Stadium on Feb 20th.  The game will feature alumni of the Chicago Blackhawks facing off against "Minnesota NHL Alumni" which will include former players of the Wild but also former Minnesota North Stars.  The announcement has been met with some mixed emotions - mostly positive in our nostalgic homeland of Minnesota, but immensely negative from the market of the relocated Dallas Stars.  So far announced are former Hawks Ed Belfour, Al Secord (#SecordSucks) Denis Savard, and Steve Larmer with the Minnesota team including Mike Modano, Neal Broten, Dino Ciccarelli, Don Beaupre, and Basil McRae, having a heavy (complete) North Stars influence.  Rosters will continue to be filled out as the date approaches.

Elsewhere in the Wilderness, Development Camp wrapped up with a final scrimmage featuring the future of the Wild putting on a show.  Attendance by members of Hockey Wilderness was also fantastic, and it was great to have the opportunity to meet several contributors to the comments and Twitter.  It gives us a moment to really appreciate the community at Hockey Wilderness - so whether we got to meet you or not, we definitely thank you for your contribution to the community.  Keep an eye out for our articles recapping the second scrimmage and podcasts shortly to follow.

Wild News

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