Van carrying Wild’s equipment catches fire
A van carrying equipment for the Minnesota Wild caught fire on
Friday and left the team scrambling ahead of its game Saturday
against the Ottawa Senators.
The fire occurred following the team’s afternoon practice at
the Kanata Recreation Center in Ottawa.
“There was a fire in an equipment van in the parking lot at
Scotiabank Place this afternoon. No one was injured, but some of
the Minnesota Wild’s hockey equipment was damaged,” the team said
in a statement. “The Wild is in the process of taking inventory to
determine the damage to the equipment.”
The team said that goaltender Nicklas Backstrom’s equipment
The team added that its game against Ottawa on Saturday would
be played as scheduled, and according to the Wild’s Web site,
assistant equipment manager Brent Proulx was to return to Minnesota
to retrieve new equipment.
A plane scheduled to carry the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks home
after their game at Cleveland on Friday night will take Proulx and
two assistants back to Minnesota. The trio will then accompany the
gear to Ottawa on Saturday morning.
“I’ve never heard of anything like this in my life,” Wild
winger Martin Havlat told the Ottawa Sun. “When I first heard about
it, I thought it was some kind of a joke.”
The Wild beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Thursday night
and had traveled to Ottawa ahead of their game against the Senators