Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Wild likely to honor Hall of Famer Dino Ciccarelli on Dec. 16

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news Updated: November 26, 2010 - 11:32 AM

There's still a lot of details to be ironed out, but it's looking like the Wild will honor Hall of Famer and Minnesota North Stars legend Dino Ciccarelli before the Dec. 16 game against the Ottawa Senators. More than half of Ciccarelli's 608 career goals came with the North Stars.

It's a pretty fitting date/opponent, too, because Senators GM Bryan Murray was one of the most instrumental figures in Ciccarelli's career. Murray coached the Washington Capitals when Ciccarelli was traded there by Minnesota in the Mike Gartner/Larry Murphy trade.

Then, as Detroit's GM and Florida's GM, Murray traded for Ciccarelli twice, once from Washington, the other from Tampa Bay.

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher was also Florida's assistant GM when Murray acquired him there. Ciccarelli's career ended with the Panthers.

Then, on Dec. 17, Lou Nanne, the man who gave the undrafted Ciccarelli his first shot in the NHL after shattering his leg in junior, will be hosting a party in honor of Ciccarelli at his house. Several North Stars alumni from the area is expected to attend the party. 

If you missed my Sunday column on Ciccarelli from earlier this month a day before his Hall of Fame induction, here's the link.

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