Newcomer Dany Heatley will wear No. 15 for the Wild, as he has since he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin 12 years ago.
Heatley wore No. 12 in junior hockey and was promised the same number with the Badgers but said a fourth-year senior had that number "so I wasn't getting 12." He took 15 and has worn it since.
This season will be the second time Heatley took over No. 15 from Andrew Brunette, who left the Wild as a free agent over the summer and signed with the Chicago Blackhawks. When Heatley joined the Atlanta Thrashers in 2001, he also claimed that number after Brunette departed Atlanta to come to Minnesota.
Newcomer Devin Setoguchi will wear No. 10, the only player to wear that number for the Wild other than Marian Gaborik.
Forward Darroll Powe takes over No. 14, forward Jeff Taffe No. 19 and defenseman Mike Lundin No. 2. Defensive tryout Jordan Hendry will wear No. 25.
The day before: With two practices sandwiched around a scrimmage today as Wild players take the ice for the first time, it's a big day for new head coach Mike Yeo.
Asked if he was up at 4 a.m. Friday, excited about his pre-camp news conference and seeing the players convene for physical testing, he shook his head.
"Tomorrow," he said. "Today is like Christmas Eve."
Newcomer Dany Heatley to keep his familiar No. 15 with Wild
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Sep 17