With no hockey on the horizon and a lack of sports madness this March, we at Hockey Wilderness decided to have a little bracket battle of our own. Who is the Minnesota Wild’s biggest fan favorite of all time?
(Shoutout to Broad Street Hockey, among others, for the idea)
The Hockey Wilderness Selection Committee (HWSC) has chosen 64 of the biggest names to ever don the Red, Green and Wheat, and seeded them into four divisions:
- The Lemaire Division - Skaters who played between 2001 and 2010
- The Boudeau Division - Skaters who played between 2010 and 2020
- The Stevens Division - Defensemen who played for the Wild
- The Mason Division - This division is broken into two regionals, the Goalie regional and the #Grit regional.
To vote, check us out on Twitter. The voting polls are in the thread below the bracket...
What's up Wilderness! March Madness and the NHL season should both be taking place right now, but thanks to COVID-19, neither are.— Hockey Wilderness (@hockeywildernes) March 31, 2020
It's time to get creative, so here comes 2020 Minnesota Wild Madness! pic.twitter.com/8Y5EEEwZGp
Selections were based on stats and legacy as well as personality and fan-favoriteness (Ilya Bryzgalov and Mark Parrish, for instance).
For those who are wondering who just missed the cut, here are the first four out for each division:
Boudreau: Vanek, Kunin, Setoguchi, Mayhew
Lemaire: Pouliot, Latendresse, Daigle, Sheppard
Stevens: Carney, Zyuzin, Seeler, Sekeras
Mason: Fedoruk, Staubitz, John Scott, Cooke
Check back each day for the results and the next rounds’ pairings.
Did we miss anyone? Fire away at the committee in the comments below! And have fun, Wild fans!