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The Wild had a very Minnesota-like giveaway last night

Oct 19, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

Minnesota hunting cap

Stereotypes can often get people into trouble so we’ll dance carefully around that when we say the Minnesota Wild’s fan giveaway last night was rather… Locally unique. Minnesota fans got to take home blaze orange Wild baseball caps last night that helped make the crowd look more like a lost hunting party than a pack of hockey fans.

The caps from Gander Mountain, a company specializing in outdoor clothing, helped Wild fans fulfill a special Minnesota-brand of stereotype that while they love hockey, they’d happily take up the rod and reel or rifle on a weekend away.

Take a look at how these bad boys stand out in the crowd in these highlights from last night’s game against Pittsburgh.

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We’re hoping that more teams will do locally creative giveaways like this. Bring us “Cheesesteak Night” in Philly, a car giveaway in Detroit (aim high, people), a “Date with a Hollywood star” in Los Angeles (ladies, here’s your chance to land Jon Hamm), or even “Pet a Panther” night in Florida.

Of course, they could have that happen accidentally in Ohio these days. Let’s just skip that one.

It’s a cool thing the Wild did in giving away something that both works for the hunter in your family as well as kids who are really fired up for Halloween. Blaze orange hasn’t been this fun since the 1990s or so noticeable since last hunting season.

(Photo courtesy of Wild PR guru Ryan Stanzel on Twitter)

  1. donttouchthedirtypenny - Oct 19, 2011 at 10:30 AM


  2. sknut - Oct 19, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    gander mountain did the same for the twins a few years ago now my in laws have blaze Orange twins hats. It’s pretty sweet.

  3. kopy - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    I’m from Minnesota, and I don’t really see it as an offensive stereotype at all. Should someone feel stereotyped if the Canucks handed out umbrellas, Jets handed out winter gloves, Stars handed out cowboy hats, or the Kings, Ducks, and Panthers were handing out beach towels? We know where we live. Hunting is very popular up here, and a lot of people do it. This makes Gander Mountain a popular place, and in a position to offer free hunting gear to a population where many people would like it. If you don’t like them, throw them away.

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