Matt Cooke sprints towards the offensive zone and pushes his opponent against the boards. After forcing the puck free with his stick, he sneaks unnoticed in front of the goal. All eyes are on his teammate Kyle Brodziak, who fires low. Cooke quickly angles his right skate and deflects the tiny rocket ... More >>
Matt Cooke stood in the basement of the Braemar Arena in Edina wearing nothing but an undershirt, flip flops and boxers. So began the first of many interviews with City Pages -- some more formal than others -- for this week's cover story.SEE ALSO: Matt Cooke: The soul of an agitatorIn the end, the M ... More >>
While you're reading this week's cover story about the Minnesota Wild's controversial new arrival, Matt Cooke, you may find yourself wondering what kinds of tasty foods will be available at the Xcel Energy Center this year. Indeed, there will be quite a few new menu options for sports fans and conce ... More >>
The Wild left wing has been called the dirtiest player in hockey, but he intends to prove the haters wrong
The current craft brewing growth isn't Minnesota's first brewery boom. The mid 1990s also saw an uptick in production of local brews, one that can teach the new startups some lessons--at least from those who survived. Great Waters Brewing Company in downtown St. Paul has seen a lot in its 17 years, ... More >>
In November, Wild goalie Josh Harding went public with his multiple sclerosis diagnosis. He vowed to continue his NHL career, but the odds looked to be against him sticking around for long -- only one other player saw game action in the pros following an MS diagnosis, and Jordan Sigalet's one-game N ... More >>
St. Paul's newest sports bar, Bullpen Sports Saloon, is settling into its downtown location, after opening in early December. We stopped by for a look around and a bite to eat.
Wild Forward Zenon Konopka wasted no time reminding us that the NHL is indeed a rough sport.He tweeted this grisly photo after he took a stick to the face during the first game of the season against the Colorado Avalanche.That's 30 stitches across the bridge of his nose, or what was once his nose be ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty now works as a lobbyist for America's biggest banks. But that doesn't mean he's too high and mighty to drink cheap bear at the hockey game.SEE ALSO: Wild goalie Josh Harding on MS diagnosis: "I don't look at this like I've got to take a new path" Pawlenty -- like many others in the Stat ... More >>
In a letter addressed to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, the owner of the Eagle Street Grille in downtown St. Paul urges an immediate end to a lockout he says has forced him to lay off two-thirds of his staff.SEE ALSO: Wild goalie Josh Harding on MS diagnosis: "I don't look at this like I've got to t ... More >>
About two months ago, Wild goalie Josh Harding, 28, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an incurable (but treatable) disease that affects the brain and spinal cord -- in particular, the protective covering around nerve cells. He went public with his illness this week.Symptoms include vision probl ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Twins' equipment staff mega-fails, misspells pitcher Jeff Manship's name on jersey-- T-Wolves to wear Minnesota Muskie throwbacks [PHOTOS]Did you know ESPN employs a uniform blogger? Well, now you do. His name is Paul Lukas, and this week he unveiled his ultimate project -- a ranked coun ... More >>
When Minnesota Wild management did their best Miami Heat impersonation and signed free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to identical 13-year, $98-million contracts last week, the franchise immediately became relevant for the first time in nearly a decade.After years of neglecting them, we here at C ... More >>
Derek Boogaard, the former Wild player whose death made him a poster boy for anti-enforcer sentiment, received more than 100 prescriptions for various pills from NHL team doctors in the years before his death. That's perhaps the most alarming finding in a New York Times report out today that gives ... More >>
"I know this song. I know. I like it."Just as Minnesota Wild prospects shouldn't be Foo Fighters critics, we warn you to approach this clip of the Minnesota Timberwolves doing 'N Sync's Tearin' Up My Heart" with a bit of caution. First of all, you'll probably end up singing along with the tender ... More >>
Fontaine dropped the F-bomb on Twitter, and we're not talking about "fuck".Minnesota Wild prospect Justin Fontaine apparently isn't very fond of Dave Grohl. But they way he chose to express his dislike will keep him on the bench for two games.The Wild suspended Fontaine after he tweeted "the Foo ... More >>
Facebook.comCriticizing Dave Grohl is a good idea, but please don't use offensive slurs.Minnesota Wild prospect Justin Fontaine watched the Grammys along with everyone else Sunday night, but didn't get caught up in the Bon Iver fever. Instead, the 24-year-old graduate of University of Minnesota-D ... More >>
The Minnesota Wild's season got off to a mixed start on Saturday. On one hand, the Wild beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2, with a goal apiece for the Wild's new forwards Devin Setoguchi and Dany Heatley. On the other hand, Pierre-Marc Bouchard showed a pretty ugly side to his game when he slappe ... More >>
You and a friend could get into this building for free tonight.The Minnesota Wild's last preseason game is tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. If you've got at least $70 bucks to throw down, you could buy a couple of tickets. Or you could get them for free from City Pages! We're giving away two ... More >>
Pavol Demitra played three seasons for the Wild.A Russian jet carrying one of the country's best professional hockey teams crashed Wednesday evening, killing dozens, including former Wild forward Pavol Demitra. Reports have as many as 44 dead in the plane crash, including nearly the entire Lokomo ... More >>
New Wild winger Dany Heatley scores a lot, just not when it counts. Dany Heatley coming to the Wild is the only good sports news in town. The Vikings and Timberwolves are locked out, and the Twins are eight games out of first place. In trading away Martin Havlat for Heatley, the Wild are gett ... More >>
Mike Yeo: Tough enough.The Minnesota Wild will name Mike Yeo as their new head coach today, and since we know he's got a tough road ahead to whip the Wild into shape, we thought we'd see just how tough he's been in the past. Answer: Plenty tough. Check out some of Yeo's brawls from his play ... More >>
Erin Carlyle's cover story on Joe Gustafson is nominated for Story of the Year.The Page One Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists honor the best in journalism from across Minnesota, and we're proud to say that we've been nominated for 23 awards in this year's contest. The 23 no ... More >>
Wild head coach Todd Richards is out.The Minnesota Wild have fired head coach Todd Richards, the team's general manager, Chuck Fletcher, has just announced. The move takes place "immediately." The news comes after just two seasons for the 44-year-old Richards, who took the job after after th ... More >>
YouTubeFletcher explains his decision.After two poor seasons, head coach of the Minnesota Wild Todd Richards was ousted from his job this morning. Now, Chuck Fletcher, the team's general manager, is explaining why he made his decision.
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There's a moustache down there, somewhere.The Minnesota Wild broke two records in November, and they didn't have to raise a stick for either of them. The Wild raised $28,270 through donations and ticket sales during Movember, an annual charity event that encourages men to grow mustaches to r ... More >>
Goalie is cool as ice between the pipes
The Opposite of Wild: Nik BackstromThis week's cover story profiles Niklas Backstrom, the unstoppable goalie for the Minnesota Wild. Known for his general ability to stay calm under pressure, the only time he really shows excitement is when he's between the pipes yelling directions at the D ... More >>
Rick Rypien invites a Wild fan to walk the talk.Minnesota Wild fan James Engquist got up close and personal with Rick Rypien of the Vancouver Canucks last night, and almost found himself dragged into hockey fight. Bet that fan wasn't planning on actually having to walk the talk.
The Wild's sellout streak is tamed.It was a wild run, but it's over. The Minnesota Wild has sold out every single one of its 409 home games since the team's inaugural season 10 years ago. It's the longest running streak in NHL history. But all that came to a close after yesterday's exhibiti ... More >>
Minnesota Wild fans picked their Top 10 games It's hard to believe that the State of Hockey didn't even have a professional hockey team 10 years ago -- the last one having decamped to Dallas. But this year, die-hard Wild fans at the State Fair have been streaming through the Fan Central build ... More >>
At AT&T Center, Inspectors found 18 pounds of expired hot dogs.Do sports concessionaires get distracted by big plays and slack on food safety? ESPN recently looked into stadium eats--from the health inspector's perspective and published highlights from the 2009 reports for MLB, NBA, NHL and N ... More >>
Nick VlcekWe won't have the Boogeyman to kick around opponents anymoreThe Boogeyman is leaving the building.Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard has reportedly signed a four-year deal with the New York Rangers at $1.65 million a year, leaving all Minnesotans feeling just a little more vulnerable.Boogaard ... More >>
There's a lot on tap this week: swig on Shakespeare, get in a food fight, and see our own Gastro non Grata at First Ave. Enjoy your Week in Food. Monday 6/21 A Midsummer Swig: sounds like our kind of culture. Enjoy music, local food, and drinks at CodeSpace while raising money for Tales of ... More >>
You voted for your favorite people, places and things in the Twin Cities, and now you can see the result. Here are City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities Readers' Choice Award winners.
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