Van carrying Wild's equipment catches fire

BY foxsports • December 21, 2009

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 was destroyed.

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 on Saturday.

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