Gopher standout, Olympian Krissy Wendell skates with Minnesota Wild

- Former Gopher and Olympic gold medalist Krissy Wendell practiced with the Wild as a way to kick off the second annual Minnesota Wild Girls’ Hockey Weekend.

Wendell also got a surprise as the Woodbury girls 10UA team she coaches was there as took to the ice with the guys.

Wendell was also happy to also see her old friend Zach Parise as they used to play against each other when they were kids. Wendell played on the boys’ teams when she was little. She is thrilled about the significance of the skate and this weekend for girls.

“If you’d have told me that I’d have three daughters and they would be able to play in multiple sports growing up and have opportunities and I would get to help broadcast for a men’s team, skate in a practice for a pro men’s team, especially at my age, right?” said Wendell. “I would have never believed you just because growing up I was one of the only girls playing and you could know everyone in the state because there were so few of us playing. Now, I have three daughters, they play on different teams, all girls teams. There’s so many opportunities.”

“She and I actually played on the same team a couple times when we were growing up and she was the best player when we were down there,” said Zach Parise, the Wild forward. “She looked good out there.”

“She’s a pretty good skater for a lady that’s been retired for 11 years, so we love those things,” said Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau. “I think it’s great that women are playing at such a competitive level now that they can come out and practice with the guys.”

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