The Minnesota Wild: A great model for youth hockey


By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Watching the Minnesota Wild play keep away from the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning (a 7-2 shellacking on Oct. 25), it was easy to see why folks can get overly enthusiastic about their chances this season. As I sat in a traffic jam the next day (a parking lot in the middle of I-94) I listened to a self-proclaimed expert on the radio, sharing ‘inside information’ on every subject: the Vikings/Gophers’ QB strengths and weaknesses, World Series lowdown, Ebola, ISIS and … “The Wild will win the Stanley Cup.”


Let's Play Hockey / Minnesota Wild Photo Contest

Let's Play Hockey / Minnesota Wild Photo Contest


Let’s Play Hockey is teaming with the Minnesota Wild for a weekly Photo Contest in each issue of LPH. E-mail us your best hockey photos and we’ll choose a winner to receive an autographed photo from the Minnesota Wild.

Action shots, celebration shots, unique team photos, shots of players/coaches/fans reading Let’s Play Hockey, photos of a team’s road trip … you name it. The winning photo will be featured within the pages of Let’s Play Hockey each week.

E-mail your best hockey photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a chance to win. Include your name, address, e-mail and phone number, so if your photo is selected, we can send you the signed Wild photo.

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