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Ryan White stars in Wild debut. Five things to know about him



The Wild gave up three future draft picks and a minor leaguer for a trade that appeared to be built around acquiring veteran forward Martin Hanzal from Arizona.


The second piece of the package traded from Arizona, however, stole the spotlight in the pair’s debut with the team Monday night at Xcel Energy Center. Forward Ryan White recorded his sixth career multi-point game in the Wild’s 5-4 overtime victory.

White assisted the Wild’s first goal in the first period and tied the game 3-3 with a goal in the second period. He was named the Second Star of the game.

Here is what you should know about White:

--The Brandon, Manitoba, Canada native was drafted in the third round (66th overall) of the 2006 NHL draft. He played four seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Calgary Hitmen.

--White, who turns 29 in March, has played pieces of eight seasons in the NHL with four different teams. He debuted with the Montreal Canadiens in 2009-2010, but only played in 16 games and had two assists as a rookie. He spent five seasons with the organization and then signed with Philadelphia in 2014. He was in the middle of a one-year contract with Arizona before the trade to Minnesota.

-White scored his first NHL goal against the Wild on March 20, 2011 at Xcel Energy Center. He also tallied an assist in the game and was involved in a fight. The trifecta is often referred to as a “Gordie Howe hat trick.”

--White has played in the postseason three times, twice with Montreal and most recently Philadelphia in 2016. He appeared in 16 playoff games and scored two goals. Throughout his career, he has 30 goals and 30 assists. He also has 182 blocks.

-White is best known for his physical play and role as an enforcer. He has been in four fights this season and 88 throughout his NHL, AHL and WHL careers. According to Hockeyfights.com, he was voted the winner of two fights this season.

--Bonus: “You betcha” is a part of his vocabulary and his smile reveals he is missing a tooth. 

A glimpse of White the enforcer: 

More bad hockey behavior: Player arrested after attacking ref in tournament final

Hockey has experienced its fair share of unruly behavior, yes, even more so than the usual fights and scrums, within the past month.

Current and former professionals Kurtis Gabriel, Gustav Nyquist, Antoine Vermette and Andrew Peters each were punished for their acts of malice on or around the ice. Now, a college hockey player from Erie Community College in New York is in the national spotlight for the outburst that put him in jail.

Brandon Day, a freshman at Erie, was arrested and charged with assault on Sunday after attacking a referee in the final moments of the NJCAA national championship game.

Video of the incident shows Day charging from the penalty box and checking the ref into the ice. The official remained motionless while the other referees tried to get Day under control.

The refs called off the rest of the game with 39 seconds remaining and Dakota College of Bottineau, N.D., was crowned national champions after the 7-4 victory. Dakota College has two players from Minnesota on its roster: defenseman Jesse Mendel from St. Cloud and defenseman/forward Garrett Rasmusson from Warroad.

The NJCAA issued a statement that read, The NJCAA national office has been made aware of the incident that occurred during its hockey championship game and will take all necessary steps to gather as much information from tournament officials and local authorities regarding violations to the association’s sportsmanship code. This type of behavior will not be tolerated in the NJCAA.”

Gabriel, a Wild prospect, attacked a player off the ice on Saturday. Nyquist speared Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face. Vermette slashed a referee during a recent game against the Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Peters was involved with youth hockey fight.

Here is video of the incident involving Day: 

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