– Goalie Devan Dubnyk won’t be the only player representing the Wild at the NHL All-Star Game. “It seems like a fun event, and hopefully this is the first of many,” Brown said.
Brown will also be in San Jose on Thursday through Saturday to take part in the league’s gaming house experience.
An avid gamer, Brown was invited to showcase his skills on “NHL 19” along with a handful of other prominent names in the e-sports world in what’s being called House of Chel — the first event of its kind by the NHL.
Aside from battling with their controllers, the participants will also compete in challenges at the multimillion-dollar mansion in the hills of Palo Alto, Calif., that’s hosting the event.
The home includes an ice rink, golf course, movie theater, sports court, pizza room and turf field.
“Pretty excited to just see it and be able to stay there for a few days,” Brown said, “but also meet some other content creators and other players who are pretty good at the game of NHL.
I wouldn’t say that’s my best game that I have, but I still think it’ll be fun to get out there and obviously make content.” Beavers reunion The trade that brought defenseman Brad Hunt to the Wild didn’t just reunite him with Minnesota after he played four seasons at Bemidji State.
It also put him in the same organization as his former Beavers teammate Matt Read, a forward currently with Iowa of the American Hockey League who appeared in five games with the Wild this season as a call-up.
“He Face Timed me [Monday] night actually,” said Hunt, who made his Wild debut Wednesday against the Avalanche on the left side of Jonas Brodin. Obviously, I was at school with him for three years and we had that special run to the Frozen Four.
He’s a great kid, and I have a lot of respect for him and we’ve created quite a bond over the last couple years being from Bemidji, where not a lot of guys have gone pro. I absolutely loved it there.” Zucker caught up with some familiar faces, visiting with equipment managers and head coach David Carle, who was a student assistant coach when Zucker was with the program from 2010-12.
I think a lot of people back in Bemidji are proud of us, too, and I think it’s a pretty cool thing.” Memory lane This week has been a trip down memory lane for Jason Zucker. In two seasons, Zucker tallied 45 goals and 91 points in 78 games.
After playing Monday in Las Vegas, where he grew up, the winger was at his alma mater — the University of Denver — for the Wild’s practice Tuesday. “I have nothing but great memories about that place,” Zucker said.