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Wilderness, you may not have known it, but we passed a milestone on Sunday. Sunday marked the 102nd birthday of one Sun Ra. Born Herman Poole Blount, Sun Ra was a jazz piano player. He was unlike almost any other musician on this earth, assuming the name "Sun Ra," he travelled to Saturn in college (or so he said) and came back to Earth as a new being. After some military service in World War II, Ra became one of the most renowned avant-garde jazz musicians of all time.

Truly a unique individual. See here his 1976 performance of "Take the A Train" from the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Wild News

Minnesota Wild: Wild Players Shine at World Championship | Gone Puck Wild
The 2016 IIHF World Championship concluded yesterday in Russia after 16 days of excellent completion between some of the world’s best players.

Freeze Frame: Active Defense Buoys Wild Success - Minnesota Wild | Features
The Minnesota Wild is a team capable of putting its foot on the throttle and using its skating ability to make the opposition uncomfortable. And a common ingredient to that formula, a catalyst and sparkplug to that pace, is its defense.

Wild replacing assistants Wilson, Sydor; Brunette moving to front office | StarTribune.com
There will be two new assistant coaches on either side of recently-hired head coach Bruce Boudreau next season, the Star Tribune has learned.

Wild's Bruce Boudreau will have his own coaching staff | TwinCities.com
Rick Wilson and Darryl Sydor, who primarily worked with defensemen, will not have their contracts renewed when they expire June 30.

Off the Trail

Report: Blackhawks agree to deal with Czech Michal Kempny | theScore.com
25-year old from the KHL.