Members of the the Minnesota Wild were in Winona Thursday afternoon as part of the team's annual Road Tour campaign.
Forward Ryan Carter, defenseman Nate Prosser, former Wild defenseman Keith Ballard and Wild television play-by-play announcer Anthony LaPanta signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans outside Bud King Arena. The three-day tour features 12 Wild celebrities and covers cities around the state of Minnesota.
One of the big storylines this offseason is the hiring of head coach Bruce Boudreau. The former Anaheim coach joined the team in May after being fired by the Ducks, the team he led to Pacific Division titles the last four seasons.
The Wild have reached the playoffs each of the last four seasons, but were marred by inconsistent play at times last season before falling to to Dallas in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The team hopes Boudreau's experience will help lead a talented young core deeper into the postseason.
"It's always nice to get a guy like Boudreau," Prosser said. "He's a winner. He'll probably bring that same mentality to the Wild."
The Wild open the 2016-17 season at St. Louis on October 13. The team's first home game is two days later against Winnipeg.