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Wilderness Walk: On to Round 2

The Iowa Wild have advanced to the second round while the NHL playoffs continue.

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NHL: Minnesota Wild at Detroit Red Wings Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Wild may be golfing, but the Iowa Wild just won their first playoff series since moving to Iowa!

(Iowa) Wild News

Wild see standing-room only crowds at playoff watch parties | Iowa Wild Official Site

“For Don Bishop and Angie Walker-Springer, the 2018-19 Iowa Wild season has been what they’ve patiently and loyally waited for.”

Tending the Fields

Changes to the NCAA recruitment policies a positive for players, coaches, and programs | The Hockey News

“As of May 1, men’s college hockey will see a change to recruiting rules that will cool down the recruiting wars.”

U-18 World Championship roundup: Raymond’s hat trick leads Sweden to first gold | The Hockey News

“Sweden captured its first gold medal at the U-18 World Championship on the strength of a three-goal performance from 2020 draft prospect Lucas Raymond.”

Ten players who helped their draft stock at the U-18 World Championship

“The U-18 World Championship offered fans and scouts alike to take one last look at the top draft prospects before June rolls around.“

News of Note

‘Scars of battle’: The stories behind these marks for Ohio State women | The Athletic (Behind Paywall)

“Hockey is a game that leaves its mark on you. These are the stories of the scars of the Ohio State Women’s Hockey team.

Folding of CWHL clouds ‘Calgary Inferno Day’ title celebrations | Sportsnet

“As their league sells off trophies and jerseys, the Calgary Inferno’s championship season was recognized Monday with the city’s mayor proclaiming it ‘Calgary Inferno Day.’”

MeiGray Group nets nearly $10,000 in NWHL charity auctions | The Ice Garden

“You Can Play, DIFD benefit from donations.”

HHOF responds to CWHL trophy auctions | The Ice Garden

“With their hands tied, the HHOF looks to other to help preserve women’s hockey history.”

Off the Trail

Blues recover against Stars in Game 3, take series lead | NHL Official Site

“Maroon breaks tie late in third period for St. Louis.”

Blue Jackets hoping to win the battle of attrition against the Bruins | The Hockey News

“Columbus believes that physical play can be a difference-maker in what has all the makings of a long series.”

Avalanche’s Cale Makar adjusting from big man on campus to NHL rookie | Sportsnet

“Of all the things Cale Makar has accomplished over the last two weeks, the 20-year-old Colorado Avalanche defenceman admits there’s one thing he’s let slip.”

Best Undrafted Players in NHL History | The Hockey Writers

“Throughout NHL history, the league’s elite players have typically been those selected in the annual NHL Entry Draft.”

All Around the Nation

Systems Analyst: How to Steal a Game in 48 Seconds | Canes Country

“A quick burst of offensive firepower was all the Canes needed to commit larceny.”

Have the Jets traded too much of their future? | Arctic Ice Hockey

“The Winnipeg Jets have traded away futures for the present, but they can recoup some of their losses.”