Wes Walz, Minnesota Wild

Center for the Minnesota Wild

Photo by Bruce Kluckholm, 2005

I was born and raised in:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

I currently live in:
Woodbury, Minn., and Shuswap Lake, British Columbia (June-August)

Age: 35

Five things I love about the Twin Cities:
1. Seasonal weather (same as Calgary)
2. Getting a chance to play for the Minnesota Wild
3. Hockey programs for kids
4. People are very real and down-to-earth
5. Minnesota Twins (I am a big baseball fan)

My perfect day spent in the Twin Cities:

Get up in the morning and go to Starbucks to have a quiet cup of java while making a few phone calls. I would then go play a nice round of golf and maybe have a couple of cold ones afterward. To finish the day, I would have a great dinner and maybe a late movie.

My favorite hangout:
The local coffee shop

My favorite local treasure:
I would say the boardwalk along the St. Croix River in Stillwater during the spring. It is beautiful.

What makes Minnesota hockey fans special?
The knowledge of the game of hockey, I think, is what makes the Minnesota Wild fans so special. Thank goodness I don’t play in Florida.

What distinguishes the Twin Cities sports scene from other metropolitan areas?
We have the most beautiful arena in the NHL in the Xcel Energy Center and also the worst facility in the Metrodome. Not many areas can say tha

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