Up In Flames, Wild Equipment Truck Catches Fire
A truck carrying equipment for the Minnesota Wild has caught fire in the Scotiabank Place parking lot. It is unsure what has been damaged so far but it has been confirmed that goaltender Nicklas Backstrom's gear is among the destroyed equipment. It appears that most of the players equipment has also been lost to the fire.
The Wild are scheduled to play the Ottawa Senators tomorrow night. The team has been in contact with the National Hockey League to see what the options are. Fortunately no one was hurt in the incident.
The equipment van for the Minnesota Wild caught on fire this afternoon in the parking lot of Scotiabank Place in Ottawa prior to the Wild's game against the Senators on Saturday.
The fire began at approximately 2:30pm eastern as the van was backing into Scotiabank place. Firefighters remained on the scene for about 40 minutes. Police say that there were no injuries however a significant amount of the equipment inside was destroyed. Police are still investigating the cause of the blaze.
According to the Twitter feed of the Minnesota Wild (twitter/mnwild) the team is taking inventory to determine the extent of the damage. According to a report by the CANADIAN PRESS all of goaltender Nicklas Backstrom's equipment was destroyed. It appears as though at least some of the Wild players are now left without any skates, sticks or equipment and will need to purchase completely new equipment before tomorrow's game.
The Wild are now in touch with the National Hockey League to determine what options they may have.