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Continued: Wild: Lemaire, Boogaard believe player's branded

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 27, 2007 - 11:36 AM

"I guess it fell out," Burns said.

So Ryan Stanzel, the Wild's media relations and team services coordinator (aka tooth fairy), called the team hotel's concierge and had this conversation: "One of our players actually left his fake tooth on the plane. Uh ... can you hook me up with a cab from the airport just to bring me a tooth?"

The delivery cost Burns $46 plus tip.

Sports stars galore

Security was tight at the Wild's Denver hotel. Autograph seekers were blocked by barricades; keys had to be shown to get in.

Amazingly, it had nothing to do with the hype surrounding the Western Conference-leading Wild. The buzz was for the American League champion Boston Red Sox, who are staying at the same hotel.

After Friday's practice, Wild defenseman Sean Hill announced, jokingly, "OK, boys, meet and greet with the Red Sox at 5:30."

The zoolike atmosphere will only amplify today: The Green Bay Packers are also due to check in.


• Left winger Pavol Demitra (groin) did not skate Friday but might practice today.

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