Finally, some Minnesota Wild hockey! Well, kind of. Prospects of the Wild organization and players on tryouts with the team are set to participate in the annual Traverse City NHL Prospect Tournament which starts this afternoon. The Wild’s prospects kick off the tournament against the Dallas Stars’ prospects at 2 p.m. CT today. You can stream the game online using the Fox Sports Go app.
Fri-yay Fun Facts: Traverse City’s Centre Ice Arena will host the NHL Prospect Tournament for the 21st time this weekend. Over the tournament’s history, nearly 600 players have moved on to play in at least one NHL game. The Minnesota Wild have won the tournament twice, first in 2003 and then in 2010. Some notables on the 2010 team are Jared Spurgeon, Tyler Johnson (yes, that Tyler Johnson), Marco Scandella, Nate Prosser, and goaltender Darcy Kuemper.
Here’s a couple of photos of Jared Spurgeon during the 2010 Traverse City NHL Prospect Tournament. He was on a tryout with the team and wound up signing with the organization after helping the team win the tournament.
Will Nico Sturm dominate play at this weekend’s tournament in a similar way Jordan Greenway did a few years ago?:
Traverse City is on the horizon. Preview the storylines that will unfold at the 21st annual Prospects Tournament.— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) September 4, 2019
Bruce Boudreau is a lame-duck coach right now. Is he going to be Bill Guerin’s choice behind the bench going forward after the season?:
Is Bruce Boudreau the Right Coach for the Wild? https://t.co/li1D11UVED— The Hockey Writers (@TheHockeyWriter) September 5, 2019
ICYMI Michael Russo of The Athletic had a wonderful piece on Spurgeon that came out Wednesday evening:
As the #MNWild season nears, Jared Spurgeon meets with Bill Guerin and says he's not worried about his contract situation as he gears up for his 10th training camp in Minnesota.— The Athletic (@TheAthleticMIN) September 5, 2019
Details on the meeting and more from Spurgeon, from @RussoHockey:https://t.co/yWVuz38nxO
On Frozen Pond
A former Gopher and others are looking to make a big impact this weekend:
This weekend we kickoff the new season with the 2019 NHL Prospect Tournament, held in Traverse City, MI.— Iowa Wild (@IAWild) September 5, 2019
Here are five guys looking to make a big impact on the ice.
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Thursday afternoon, the NWHL announced a three-year agreement with Twitch to stream games live during the season. Twitch is a notable streaming website that is often used for streaming E-Sports and video game play:
BREAKING NEWS: History has been made! The NWHL has partnered with @Twitch on an exclusive three-year streaming deal. As part of its agreement with the @NWHLPA, players will receive 50 percent of all revenue from the deal. Game on! #NWHLGameOnTwitch— NWHL (@NWHL) September 5, 2019
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A former Gopher is being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame:
Off The Trail
An interesting read about the interesting Montreal Canadiens forward, Brendan Gallagher:
Aside from a couple of lockouts, Gary Bettman has grown the game:
The NHL and Gary Bettman: 25 Years of Progress and Controversy https://t.co/IQhTULKeQY— The Hockey Writers (@TheHockeyWriter) September 5, 2019
“TIM THOMAS OUTTA NOWHERE:”
Welp, this is good news:
Kendall Coyne Schofield will be joining the broadcast crew in San Jose this upcoming season!
Evander Kane is the latest NHLer to pose for ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue:
Catch up on all the latest NHL rumors: