Monthly Archives: October 2016

Episode 110 – I Have the Power

Posted by Jive on October 30, 2016
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Get your costumes out and join 3 in the Box on this spooky Halloween podcast where we talk about donuts and childhood memories and of course some Minnesota Wild hockey.  Nothing to be scared about yet with the way the team is playing, but could there be misfortune in the future? Have a listen…. if you dare!

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Episode 109 – #ClownLivesMatter

Posted by Jive on October 17, 2016
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Finnish Wild Mafia, come on and raise up.  3 in the Box discuss the start to another season and the new addition of right winger Teemu Pulkkinen.

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Episode 107 – FOMOH FO SO

Posted by Jive on October 10, 2016
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3 in the Box opens up the 2016-2017 season discussing the Wild and the upcoming season.  Testing out the new live setup where you can now tune in live every week for the 3 in the Box show and even join in the chat live.  Who made the cut?  Who’s time is it to shine?  Who likes Roy-fles?

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Episode 107 – Top 33

Posted by Aaron on October 03, 2016
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We wrap up the Top 33 Wild players of all time with a podcast where we break down how we voted, criticize each other for the way we voted, and try to not upset the hockey gods by speaking ill of Jason Pominville.

3ITB’s Top 33 Wild Players of All Time – #1

Posted by Kenney on October 03, 2016
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1. Marian Gaborik – RW

8 Seasons,  502 Games,  219 Goals,  218 Assists,  437 Points

Our number 1 pick in the MN Wild top 33 was the number 1 draft pick by the MN Wild in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He was drafted number 3 overall with only Rick DiPietro and Dany Heatley ahead of him. As a rookie, Gaborik netted 18 goals and 36 points in the Wild’s very first season. His second year, saw his first 30 goal season leading the defense minded MN Wild in goals and second in points behind Andrew Brunette.

Although missing games due to lower body issues, Gaborik continued to be one of the Wild’s top scorers, including a 6 point, 5 goal game, against, what would be his next team, the New York Rangers. His last season with the Wild, 2008-09 he only managed to play in 17 games due to continual groin issues.

Gaborik represented the MN Wild in the 2003 and 2008 NHL All-Star games, as well as the New York Rangers in 2012 where he was also named the MVP. In 2014, he won the Stanley Cup with the LA Kings. He still holds the top spot in goals for the Wild with 219 and second in points with 437, surpassed only by Mikko Koivu .

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3ITB’s Top 33 Wild Players of All Time – #2

Posted by Aaron on October 02, 2016
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SAINT PAUL, MN - NOVEMBER 19: Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild reacts after scoring a game-tying power play goal late in the third period against the St. Louis Blues during the game at the Xcel Energy Center on November 19, 2011 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

2. Mikko Koivu – C

11 Seasons,  763 Games,  161 Goals,  395 Assists,  556 Points

Our Captain.

Drafted 6th overall in 2001, he took the slow road to the NHL, spending five years with his hometown team, TPS Turku in the Finnish league, before coming stateside to play for the Wild’s AHL affiliate in Houston during the lost 2004-2005 NHL lockout season.

From there, he joined the Wild, and despite getting off to a hot start, he struggled in his rookie campaign. He followed this up with a solid sophomore season, before he was taken down by a cheap shot from Mattias Ohlund in the 2007-2008 season.

However, this did not stop him and in 2008, after a long period of a rotating captaincy, Jacques Lemaire named Mikko as the first permanent captain of the Wild.  Lemaire must have seen something, because since then, Koivu has finished 1st on the team in points in four different seasons, and 2nd another three times.

While not a fighter, he’s not afraid to play physical (see “Exploding Shoulder”), and has an eye for finding open teammates who can put the puck in the net.  He’s the Wild’ all-time leader in Games, Assists and Points, and second in Goals, Plus/Minus, Short-Handed Goals and Game Winning Goals.

Perhaps it’s his quiet consistency that makes some undervalue what he brings to the team, but there’s no doubt on the impact he’s had while he’s been in Minnesota.

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3ITB’s Top 33 Wild Players of All Time – #3

Posted by Jive on October 01, 2016
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3. Andrew Brunette – LW

6 Seasons,  489 Games,  119 Goals,  202 Assists,  321 Points

Responsible for probably the most memorable moment in Wild history to date, the #3 player on the 3ITB Top 33 is Andrew Brunette.  Brunette spent a total of 6 seasons with the Wild and currently has the 3rd most goals for the Wild in franchise history.  Brunette was somewhat of a franchise starter you might say, spending time with young franchises like the Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers and our own Minnesota Wild during his long playing career in the NHL.

If durability in a star is what you are looking for, look no further.  In his 6 seasons with the Wild, Brunette missed fewer games than you can count on one hand.  Announcing retirement after the lock out of the 2012-2013 season, Brunette continues to be a key part of the Minnesota Wild working in hockey operations.  Though he may not have set a ton of franchise records or hold onto any for long the memory of that game winning overtime goal in game 7 against the Colorado Avalanche and then goal tender Patrick Roy will forever be etched in Minnesota Wild History.

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