Found October 08, 2011 on Fox Sports North:
The Minnesota Wild opened the 2011 NHL season Saturday with a 4-2 home win against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and at least one of their players couldn't wait for the puck to drop. Brett Bulmer is just 19 years-old and certainly never expected to be playing in this game when he arrived at training camp last month. "It really is amazing to be here right now, it's a dream come true and the hardest part now is knowing you're ready and having to wait all day to hit the ice," Bulmer said before seeing time in Saturday's win. Bulmer figures to get plenty of icetime over the course this season. He's slated to skate on the Wild's third line with Cal Clutterbuck and Darroll Powe. First-year head coach Mike Yeo was asked about Bulmer's role on the team after morning skate Saturday and he quickly responded with, "Brett has earned this position by having a tremendous camp for us and I'm going to try and get everybody into the game." "Brett is a very intense player who works hard every shift,"Yeo continued. "I think he fits on that line really well. I will tell you this much ... those three aren't going to be much fun to play against." Bulmer was born in Prince George, British Columbia, in 1992. His parents, Lance and Sharon, traveled in from Canada to see their son play his first NHL game. "They are extremely proud, and talking to them in the last couple of days I almost think they might be more excited than I am ... which is crazy." Bulmer said. "I think, looking back, they have actually put the most work in to get me into this position -- I am very grateful." Last season Bulmer played 57 games for Kelowna in the WHL, recording 18 goals and 31 assists for 49 points while racking up 109 penalty minutes. Later that same year he was sent to Houston to play for Yeo in Houston with the Aeros. Bulmer played in eight playoff games for Houston with no points. Yeo was impressed, even though Bulmer was with him only a short time. "I was taken aback by how fearless this kid was," Yeo noted. "Most often when youngsters play in that league they are a little tentative... but not Brett -- he came in with quite an edge. "He has this (pesky) side to him that drives players crazy. Being so tall he is able to poke the puck away with his reach and he is always yapping at players while he is doing it." As the youngster gets ready for the next big step in his career he still seems unafraid of the moment. "I've played hockey all of my life, I've worked very hard to get here and in the end it's still just playing hockey," said Bulmer. One of the changes at the NHL level, however, will be the fact that Bulmer will now be going toe to toe with some of the superstars he grew up idolizing. "Rick Nash who plays for Columbus is certainly I guy I've admired from afar," he noted. "Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I'm out there battling with some of these big names, but most times I just try to do my job." The preseason brought Bulmer the experience of skating against some of the best players in the world. The next challenge is to prove he can produce at this new level. "Every day is a new day for me to show that I belong here, and I'm not going to take anything for granted." Bulmer said. "The guys here have been really good to me and helped me feel very welcome. Now it's my turn to go out there and help this team win, by working my hardest to get some results on the ice."

Bouchard’s Stick Swing Under Review

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers, Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard has a hearing with the league today after his swinging highstick to the face of Blue Jackets winger Matt Calvert late in the second period of Saturday’s game. News of the hearing was first reported by Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos…. “It’s definitely an attempt to injure,” Arniel said. “Our...

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After the most exciting off-season in franchise history, the Minnesota Wild took the ice Saturday night in their season opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Matt Cullen scored in the game’s opening moments, and the Wild rushed out to a 3-0 second period lead en route to their 4-2 victory over the Blue Jackets. Minnesota fans– who are in the midst of Timberwolves, Vikings...

Bouchard suspended two games

Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard has become the first regular season victim of a suspension. Bouchard has been shanabanned two games for high-sticking Jackets winger Matt Calvert Saturday night. At 18:54 of the second period, Calvert gave Bouchard a small shove before the face-off and Bouchard retaliated by high sticking him in the face. Bouchard insisted that he was...

Bulmer to make NHL debut tonight for Wild

Brett Bulmer, the 19-year-old 2010 second-rounder that came out of nowhere to make the Wild, will make his NHL debut tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Brad Ratgen: New Style Wild Wows Minnesota Fans and Remain Undefeated in Home Openers.

Coming into this season, I was in a bad place as the Minnesota Wild were concerned. Not that it was unnecessarily unfounded. I think Wild fans have a lot to be cautious about, however it may well be that Minnesota fans should be cautiously optimistic. Of most concern to me were the following: secondary scoring, play from the blue line and special teams. However, the Wild quickly...

Bouchard Suspended Two Games

NEW YORK—Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard has been suspended, without pay, for two games for a high-stick to the face of Columbus forward Matt Calvert during NHL Game #16 on October 8, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Bouchard will...

Minnesota's Bouchard suspended for two games

Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard has been suspended by the NHL for two games for his high sticking infraction on Matt Calvert. According to Michael Russo, Bouchards agent Allen Walsh refered to the disciplinary hearings ad nothing more than kangaroo courts. NEW YORK -- Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard has been suspended, without pay, for two games for a high-stick...

Wild F Bouchard suspended 2 games (AP)

Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL on Sunday for high-sticking Columbus' Matt Calvert in the face Saturday night. The suspension will cost Bouchard $44,108. With 1:06 left in the second period in Minnesota's 4-2 victory, Bouchard hit Calvert in the face with his stick, injuring the Columbus player in the process.

Post Game Notes vs. Columbus - Oct. 8

LW Dany Heatley and RW Devin Setoguchi each scored a goal in their first game with Minnesota, C Matt Cullen scored 1:10 into the contest, and D Marco Scandella notched his first NHL goal, as the Wild won another home opener, 4-2, over the Columbus...

Bouchard Dealt A Two Game Suspension

The National Hockey League has suspended Minnesota Wild winger Pierre-Marc Bouchard for two games due to a stick infraction during last night's 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bouchard will miss Monday afternoon's game against the New ...

Heatley sparks Wild to win in debut (AP)

Dany Heatley didn't take long to make an impact for Minnesota, giving his new team a power-play goal and an assist in a 4-2 season-opening victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Heatley, acquired in a summer trade with San Jose, gave the Wild a 3-0 lead when he one-timed a pass threaded into slot traffic by Pierre-Marc Bouchard midway through the second period...

Eric Smith: Jackets Put On Embarrassing Effort in Lose To Wild

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Bouchard suspended for 2 games

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