Cloquet, MN, and (June 7th, 2016) – "We were happy with how the draft went. We do not have many eligible returners, so this was an important draft for our organization moving into the 2016-2017 season. We picked a lot of the players we had targeted, and can’t wait to see them at our main camp in July."
Cloquet, MN., (May 31st, 2016) – The Minnesota Wilderness are proud to welcome Michael Benedict as the new assistant coach. He will join newly hired head coach, Tim Madsen, behind the bench for this upcoming season.
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced its divisional alignment and events for the 2016-17 season. The 24-team league will be divided into four divisions (Central, East, Midwest, South) spanning 12 states.rn rnThe NAHL will have 24 teams for the 2016-17 season, which includes the addition of the Northeast Generals to the East Division and the Shreveport Mudbugs to the South Division. The only other shift in the divisional alignment for the 2016-17 season besides the addition of the two new teams, was the Minnesota Magicians moving to the Midwest Division and the Minnesota Wilderness moving to the Central Division.
CLOQUET, MN., (May 18th, 2016) – The Minnesota Wilderness is proud to welcome Tim Madsen as the team’s second head coach in its North American Hockey League history.
SCHEDULE FOR PRE-DRAFT CAMP IN ANDOVER, MN – MAY 20-22
The Minnesota Wilderness lost in game 5 to the Eventual National Champions the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. After beating the Ice Dogs on Friday night in 2 overtimes and beating them again on Saturday night it set up an exciting game 5 showdown.
The Minnesota Wilderness lost Game's 1 and 2 in Fairbanks to fall behind in the series 0-2. Both games were very close each having to go to overtime to decide the winner. The Wilderness look to bounce back on home ice this weekend to try and win three in a row to advance.
The Minnesota Wilderness beat the Janesville Jets in Game 3 and 4 at home to advance to the second round of the Robertson Cup Playoffs. Isak Bergland scored the double overtime winner on Friday night, and Ryan Bloom scored the overtime winner on Saturday night. Luke Kania had a very good weekend picking up the wins both nights.
The Minnesota Wilderness Split Game's 1 and 2 over the weekend in Janesville. The Wilderness fell behind in the series after losing on Friday 5-2, but came back to even up the series on Saturday night beating the Jets 2-1. Casey Gilling had a big weekend having a hand in all 4 of the Wilderness goals on the weekend. He finished with 2 goals and 2 assists.
The Minnesota Wilderness fell to the Coulee Region Chill Sunday night in a Shootout. The Wilderness found themselves down two goals going into the third period, but two third period goals by Kyle Patava and Ashton Calder tied the game up at 2. After a scoreless overtime the game went to a shootout where the Chill prevailed.