The NHL’s Minnesota Wild do their best work on the frozen pond, chasing after the most renowned trophy in pro sports, the Stanley Cup. But, in the State of Hockey, summertime means the lure of open water, and the fun of chasing trophy fish on one of 10,000 lakes. In that spirit, the Wild, alongside Rapala and Minnesota-based Gander Mountain are teaming up in August to give a few lucky fans the fishing outing of a lifetime.

On Tuesday, August 13, four fans and their guests will enjoy an all-expenses-paid fishing outing on Lake Minnetonka with a member of the Wild and a professional guide. The fans, selected from an April sweepstakes, will have a full day of fishing fun, starting bright and early with a 7 a.m. breakfast and sendoff at Lord Fletcher’s Old Lake Lodge. They’ll fish most of the morning, then meet back at the lodge for shore lunch and to share stories and pictures of the morning’s catch.

“For generations, folks who think about hockey think of Minnesota, and when they think about fishing, they think about the top-notch gear and expertise they get at their nearby Gander Mountain store,” said Steve Uline, Gander Mountain’s executive vice president of marketing. “We’re excited to partner with the Wild on this fun event. We are looking forward to a great day on the water, and a place where life-long memories are made for a few very lucky fans.”

Wild celebrities scheduled to appear include Mike Yeo, the Wild’s third year head coach, with players Zach Parise, Nate Prosser and Clayton Stoner. Each boat will include a professional guide who knows the secret spots where big fish can be found among Lake Minnetonka’s myriad bays, flats and reefs.

Media seeking interviews should plan to be at Lord Fletcher’s at Noon when the boats return from their day on the water.

Note to media: The fishing parties will be heading out from the Lord Fletcher’s dock (3746 Sunset Drive, Spring Park, MN) at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13 and there will be guided media boats available to facilitate “on the water” interviews, photos audio and video. For more information or to reserve media boat space, contact Jess Myers (jessm@ewald.com, 612-910-3058).

Logo courtesy Gander Mountain

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