This afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium, the NHL, the Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks will hold a media event regarding the Feb. 21 Stadium Series game. Follow me on Twitter here for updates during the event.
On hand will be NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Chief Operating Officer John Collins, Wild owner Craig Leopold, Wild COO Matt Majka, Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough, Blackhawks Executive VP Jay Blunk, University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Norwood Teague, Wild players Zach Parise, Erik Haula, Thomas Vanek, Mike Reilly and Jordan Schroeder, NHLPA Central Division player rep Joe Reekie and North Stars and Blackhawks alum Lou Nanne and Troy Murray, respectively.
The logo is expected to be unveiled, some details about the Feb. 20 North Stars/Wild vs. Blackhawks alumni game and ticket information for the weekend will be announced. The jerseys are expected to be unveiled at a later date, as well as the official rosters for the alumni game. The game will feature Blackhawks alum vs. mostly North Stars and some Wild alum.
Last week, Wild season-ticket holders received ticket information for the weekend. They have priority, and then tickets for the rest of the public will go on sale afterward.
Price per ticket: $449 (brown), $359 (green), $299 (blue), $224 (yellow), $164 (red), $149 (gray), $109 (orange).
The prices, consistent with the prices of other outdoor games, are set by the NHL (not the Wild) and include a package of both the alumni game and the Wild vs. Blackhawks outdoor game.
Basically, the way it works for the outdoor game itself is the Wild is made whole by the league for all revenue from a normal Xcel Energy Center home gate, which includes concessions, parking and merchandise. The rest of the revenue is considered hockey related revenue for the NHL.
More details about the weekend later today after the press event.
In other Wild news, here are some links:
Wild first-round pick Alex Tuch injured a knee at the world junior evaluation camp for the United States. He will miss the rest of camp. It doesn't sound major, so perhaps his season with Boston College won't be affected.
The Wild posted a world junior update on its other prospects.
The Prince George Citizen had a good story on Brett Bulmer helping Canada win the world inline hockey championship in Finland. Bulmer, the Wild 2010 second-round pick whose pro ice hockey career has floundered since playing nine games before being returned to junior in 2011-12, is still unsigned, has a ton to prove after some tough minor-league years and says he wants to prove people wrong.
Also, the Iowa Wild announced it will play two preseason games in North Dakota against the Manitoba Moose.