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The NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City starts today. Is Bruce Boudreau the right coach in Minnesota? Plus, Tim Thomas is back, NWHL and Twitch team up, Gary Bettman’s legacy, and more!

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Happy Fri-yay!

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.

NHL Prospects Tournament 2010-11 Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images
NHL Prospects Tournament 2010-11 Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images

Wild News

Will Nico Sturm dominate play at this weekend’s tournament in a similar way Jordan Greenway did a few years ago?:

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?:

ICYMI Michael Russo of The Athletic had a wonderful piece on Spurgeon that came out Wednesday evening:

On Frozen Pond

A former Gopher and others are looking to make a big impact this weekend:

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:

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:

“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: