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Wild Times- NHL equipment van catches fire

I won’t make any hot wisecracks*. Only because I can’t think of any at this time. From AP-

A van carrying equipment for the Minnesota Wild caught fire on Friday afternoon and left the team scrambling ahead of its Saturday game against the Ottawa Senators.Wild fire

The fire occurred in the parking lot of Scotiabank Place, where the van had been driven following the team’s afternoon practice at a neighboring facility.

“It was a five-minute drive,” head equipment trainer Tony DaCosta said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Firefighters took care of the flames, which were located in the back of the van. Police said there were no injuries.

“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.

Minnesota and Ottawa are scheduled to play on Saturday. The game is on according to the Wild’s website.

*- OTB Sports readers are free to make their own jokes.

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