Wild in Duluth, Practice at AMSOIL Arena

By KBJR News 1

October 3, 2011 Updated Oct 4, 2011 at 9:21 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Several offseason moves have brought new faces to the Minnesota Wild this season.

On Monday morning, the team brought those new faces, and some familiar ones, to AMSOIL Arena in Duluth.

"You get to know everybody, especially the new guys," Wild center Mikko Koivu said, "and it's a good chance for them to get to know us."

"It's a new team, a new atmosphere, and a new coaching staff," Wild forward Devin Setpoguchi said. "We're going to play a different way. We're going to play a certain way."

"The goal is to get better each and every day," Koivu said. "Hopefully we can do that, get better as a team, and reach our goal which is the playoffs we missed the past two years."

The Wild are used to skating at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, a pretty nice rink in its own right, but they said they were very impressed with AMSOIL Arena.

"It's easy to see why it's such a successful program, with the facility and the people who are running it," Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo said. "They've been extremely welcoming to us, so it's been a great opportunity for us to come here."

"The arena's great," Wild defenseman Nick Schultz said. "We just got into the locker rooms and onto the ice, but the rink itself is awesome. For college hockey, it's a great setup."

"The facility is unbelievable," Koivu said. "For college and young kids to come here and play hockey, and what I hear the school is unbelievable too, so it's really, really good."

The Wild will skate at AMSOIL Arena again Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m., but that practice session is again closed to the public.

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