Minnesota Wild players stop at local Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo's Alexandria location got wild on Wednesday, June 23 when Minnesota Wild players and alumni visited the bank.
Wild broadcaster Dan Terhaar, Wild alumnus and current director of community partnerships, Brad Bombardir, Wild defensemen Brent Burns and Nate Prosser and the Wild mascot, Nordy, were all at Wells Fargo for the Wild Road Tour.
Prosser, a native of Elk River, played junior hockey for the Sioux Falls Stampede.
Burns, an Ajax, Ontario native, was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the first NHL Entry draft round in 2003.
Alexandria was a part of the second set of stops that also included Sioux City, Iowa, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Moorhead, Grand Forks, North Dakota and Fergus Falls.
The first tour group began on June 21 and visited Roseau, International Falls, Ely, Hibbing, Duluth and St. Cloud. This group included Wild broadcaster Mike Greenlay, former Wild player Antti Laaksonen, current Wild players John Scott and Cody Almond, as well as Nordy.
The final group included Wild radio team Bob Kurtz, Tom Reid and Kevin Falness, Wild alumnus Wes Walz and current players Andrew Ebbett and Clayton Stoner. This group traveled to Rochester, Red Wing, Austin, Faribault, Waseca and Hutchinson.
Each tour group stopped at two locations each day. Each tour group featured popular Wild alumni, two current Wild players, and one or more Wild broadcasters.
The tour ended with the fifth annual Wild Summer Bash on June 24 at the Mall of America. All the Wild Road Tour celebrities were at the Summer Bash. Fans had a chance to play hockey-themed games and take part in autograph sessions and photo opportunities with the Wild Road Tour members.
Players Prosser and Burns said it is great to be able to help support soldiers and youth hockey. Burns added that they have a Wild Road Tour every summer.
Wild partners, Schweigert and Coca-Cola, donated the hot dogs and soda for each city's youth hockey association to sell with the proceeds to benefit local hockey youth.
Used cell phones could be brought in to the bank for the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. In exchange for the used cell phone donation, people received a Wild puck or mug.
The program will recycle the used cell phones, collected from the Minnesota Wild/Wells Fargo Road Tour stops, and send a 60-minute phone card to a soldier overseas for each phone donated.
Wild towels were given to the first 100 fans at the Alexandria Wells Fargo location.
Free Kemps ice cream and milk were also given to fans who stopped by to see the Wild celebrities.