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Wilderness Walk: Crowning Champions Edition

NHL: Minnesota Wild at Florida Panthers Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Championship Saturday for the Boys’ State High School Hockey tournament was a fantastic way to put a wrap on a really great week of games. Grand Rapids High School and the Hermantown High School took home the ultimate hardware when all the helmets, sticks, and gloves settled. the Xcel Energy Center was host to over 28k fans on Saturday to take in both Class A and Class AA championship games.

Anyways, I enjoyed all the hockey at all levels this weekend and hope The Wild can find a way to beat the Blackhawks at United Center so the fragile, terrified Minnesota sports fan can rest easy this week. Having to work and deal with people scared of Chicago and asking questions about players who’ve had pretty good seasons is not a good week at work.

Oh, and late last night, if you haven’t seen it yet, we got the All-Hockey Hair team video, and it was fabulous! So I lieu of music, I’ll let you enjoy.

Wild News

Wild-Chicago game preview -
Russo's preview in the paper. You could read this, or read OUR preview.

Wild has more to gain than pride with a defeat of Blackhawks -
Time to put up or shut up. "Stop acting like you fucking want it and go out there and fucking want it!" as Bruce Boudreau so eloquently put it.

Wild look forward to rematch with Blackhawks
Dubnyk going for win number 37 of the season. It would match a career high for the Wild netminder.

Tending the Fields

Talking With Kirill Kaprizov's First Coach
"He was like an adult in his responsibility towards the team and the result. I can always trust Kirill. He hated losing and had no patience." I'm so excited for this kid to come to Minnesota.

The Tourney 2017

Hermantown wins 2nd straight 1A boys' hockey title, 4-3 -
Congratulations to the Hermantown Hawks on their State Hockey title!!!

Grand Rapids beats Moorhead 6-3 in 2A boys' hockey final -
Congratulations to the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks!

MAML’s Cinderella Run Comes Up Short Against Hermantown | Zone Coverage - Cold Omaha
The Moose were the fun underdog story that everyone in Minnesota wanted to see succeed.

Hermantown Goes Back-To-Back with 3rd OT Victory | Zone Coverage - Cold Omaha
You couldn't pay a writer in Hollywood to script it anymore uniquely, and fantastically than what we witnessed on Championship Saturday.

#TheTourney17: Grand Rapids Ends 37-Year Title Drought | Zone Coverage - Cold Omaha
Trent Klatt, former NHLer now the head coach of the 2017 Minnesota State Champion Grand Rapids Thunderhawks.

#TheTourney17: A Year That Will Stand The Test Of Time | Zone Coverage - Cold Omaha
Upsets, late game heroics, drama, and emotions. Everything you love about sports, and the MSHSL Boys Hockey Tournament may have been the best in recent memory.

NHL News

Sort of news as Chuck Fletcher weighed in on the General Manager's meetings.

NHL Insider: Fletcher weighs in on offside calls debate -
I don't have a single problem with the way Offside has been called for 50-60 years. It's not the rule, it's the review process. Secondly, I fully understand why the GMs won't release the list of protected players for the expansion draft. It sucks as a fan and spectator, but I get it.