Found January 14, 2013 on
from Michale Russo of the StarTribune,
Just mention Zenon Konopka's name to Stephane Veilleux, and the red-headed Wild forward chuckles and rolls his eyes.
"He's a very, very funny, very different character," said Veilleux, Konopka's roommate three seasons ago in Tampa Bay.
Konopka is the Wild's fascinating new enforcer and fourth-line center. He is on his 14th team in 11 years as a pro, and there's a reason he instantly becomes popular with teammates and fans at every stop.
He has a pet rabbit named Hoppy. He's an entrepreneur who owns a piece of seven businesses, including his own wine label, ZK28. He's the ringleader for most team activities. He is not only one of the NHL's toughest fighters, but he is a dynamite penalty killer and a faceoff specialist.
And he admittedly loves to push the line as far as he can take it, whether it's a faceoff strategy that actually resulted in a rule change across the NHL this seas...
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ST. PAUL, Minn. Pierre-Marc Bouchard skated in on goaltender Niklas Backstrom to start off a shootout at the end of the Minnesota Wild's scrimmage on Monday night, showing off the nifty stick work and hands that have allowed him to be a shootout star in his career.
He deked Backstrom, switching from his backhand to his forehand, and slid the puck past Minnesota's starting...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Before Zach Parise and Ryan Suter pulled on Minnesota Wild sweaters last July, before Minnesota had done everything in its power to shock the NHL by signing the two biggest free agents last offseason, there was already a bit of excitement beginning to spread.
Before the Wild became the biggest newsmakers in the league, they had been planning a more subtle emergence...
ST. PAUL, Minn. All of last week, Mike Yeo had to sit in the stands as a spectator as the Minnesota Wild players took part in unofficial team skates. Since the NHL lockout was not officially over, Minnesota's second-year coach still couldn't be on the ice with his team until everything was signed, sealed and delivered.
That moment finally came for Yeo on Sunday, the first...
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer Pierre-Marc Bouchard (BOO-shard) is one NHL player who actually benefited from the lockout.
The Minnesota Wild forward missed the second half of last season because of post-concussion symptoms, which he still felt well into the summer and fall. Bouchard said Tuesday that he has been symptom-free...
The Minnesota Wild will host a Wild Wednesday fan appreciation day this week, culminating with a free scrimmage at Xcel Energy Center that will be televised live at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports North. The broadcast for the Red and White Intrasquad Game will begin with "Wild Live" pregame at 6:30 and be immediately followed by "Wild Live" postgame.
In addition, FOX Sports...
The Minnesota Wild have released their schedule for the abbreviated 48-game 2013 season. Minnesota will open with an 8 p.m. Saturday home game against the Colorado Avalanche -- a game that will serve as the nightcap to Hockey Day Minnesota, presented by Wells Fargo.
The 2013 season will feature 24 home games for the Wild, including four three-game homestands. The first of those...
Simply packed, jammed house here at Skate Zone this Sunday morning as Flyers training camp opens.
Okay, as we've been saying, the FLyers had d-man Kurtis Foster on their radar and signed him officially on Sunday morning.
One year for $950,000.
We've all been wondering why Brian Boucher has continued to hang around here with a year left on his Carolina deal. He clearly...