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Professional beer league hockey? Welcome to Minnesota

Sep 18, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Devin Setoguchi, Mikko Koivu AP

With players locked out of team training facilities, finding ice time to work out is proving tricky. In Minnesota, they’ve got almost too many players that want in on the action.

Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune reports there are so many players working out together at St. Louis Park Center in Minnesota, they’re about to do their own version of beer league hockey.

[Today], refs will be hired so there are more structured scrimmages. Brodziak did say there are almost too many guys, it’s hard to get reps and that the Wild guys may eventually go on their own and rent their own ice.

Russo listed off 36 players getting together there by his count, 21 of which are members of the Wild including Niklas Backstrom, Mikko Koivu, and Zach Parise.

Meanwhile, guys like Dustin Byfuglien, Keith Ballard, Kyle Okposo, and Paul Martin are among the other pros there. Wonder if Ballard gets scratched from pick-up games too?

In their video to the fans the players talked about growing up playing hockey on ponds. Teaming up together to pay for ice time at a local rink has some of that throwback flavor, too.

Now the real question: Who picks up the beer?

  1. sjsharks66 - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    I have an idea. How about all the energy you are putting into these little games goes into making a deal before October? Then you can have real games.

    Oh wait, parise is in this? He gets paid anyways. I guess that’s why there is not a rush to get this done.

    • davebabychreturns - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      “Maybe if we just skate hard enough, the league will offer us a fair deal..”

    • cleverusername99 - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      I have an idea. How about you go to Washington and get us a budget deficit reduction deal? Then we won’t pass trillions in debt on to our kids and grandkids.

      Or do you have Congressmen and Senators who are supposed to do that for you while you go to work and go out to eat and, you know, live your life? Huh. That’s strange. I never made the connection. It’s almost as if there are people who REPRESENT you because you don’t actually PARTICIPATE in the process yourself. What an idea.

      • davebabychreturns - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        Heh.. “supposed to.”

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 18, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    I wonder if the facility is locked during the scrimmages or if it’s open. It’d be fun to see ‘em practice. LordFletcher, greatminnesotasportsmind, you guys wanna go check it out?

    • lordfletcher - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      I’d be down!

      I’ll make a call later today and see if it’s an “open scimmage or closed” and try to see when they are playing

      • lordfletcher - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        callled. door’s are open to the public. and they are “playing” Thursday / Friday 10:30 – Noon.

      • spiciercheez - Sep 18, 2012 at 3:35 PM

        I am going to head down there as well. Hoping to get some more times for weekend/next week depending on what the deal is.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 18, 2012 at 4:49 PM

        10:30-noon? Hmmm…..we’ll have to see about that. Right smack dab in the middle of my work day. Maybe I can skip out for a bit…

      • spiciercheez - Sep 18, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        Btw, are you saying that they are scrimming this Thursday & Friday? or just on Thursdays and Fridays?

      • lordfletcher - Sep 18, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        I do not know their schedule for the coming weeks, just this Thursday and Friday. Per the very nice lady that answered the phone, all she said was this Thursday and Friday, 10:30-Noon, open doors…. they could be playing this weekend but I highly doubt they would want to…

        I would call each Monday and ask but limit this to just a few people.. if SLP rec center get bombarded with calls and people, they will close the doors. (IMO)

        I will be there Friday, hope to see some of you guys out there! and as per the article, I will be bringing the beer :D

      • spiciercheez - Sep 18, 2012 at 5:24 PM

        Sounds good, thanks for the info!

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:42 AM

        I’m planning on coming today! See ya there!

  3. snipedanglecelly13 - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Hey all them can come play in my beer league in Michigan lol

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