THURSDAY'S STORY LINE: On Aug. 25, 1982, Oilers defenseman Nick Schultz was born in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan. Four and a half months later, on January 10, 1983, Wild defenseman Tom Gilbert was born in Bloomington, Minn.
Like many young boys growing up and Canada and Minnesota, the two dreamed of playing in the NHL.In 2000, Schultz's NHL dream was close to becoming a reality when he was drafted by the Minnesota Wild.
On Oct. 14, 2001, Schultz played his first NHL game for the Wild. It was against the Edmonton Oilers and it was the first of 743 games he would eventually go on to play for Minnesota. The 30-year old still holds the franchise record for most games played.
As Schultz was finishing his first season with the Wild in 2001-02, Gilbert's NHL dream was closer to becoming a reality. Gilbert was selected in the 2002 NHL entry draft by the Colorado Avalanche.
Gilbert never played a game for Colorado because he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers during the 2003-04 season. Gilber...