MINNESOTA WILD SPREADS CHEER IN THE ZONE

Four players from NHL's Minnesota Wild paid a special holiday visit to patients and their families in the Child Life Zone at Children's Minnesota last week. Team captain Mikko Koivu, defenseman Nate Prosser, forward Thomas Vanek, and goalie Niklas Backstrom gave out hugs and high-fives, posed for pictures, and spent quality time with the kids. They even challenged them to some friendly bubble hockey competition.