TEEMU PULKKINEN NAMED WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL STARJan 5, 2017
Iowa Forward Selected For Mid-Season Classic
DES MOINES, IA – The Iowa Wild, in conjunction with the American Hockey League (AHL), announced on Thursday that Iowa forward Teemu Pulkkinen (Tee-moo, Pull-Kin-nen) has been named to the Western Conference All-Star team. The 2017 AHL All-Star Classic, presented by Capital BlueCross, will be held January 29-30 at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Pulkkinen, 25 (1/2/92), becomes the third player in team history to earn the honor of playing in the mid-season classic. He also becomes the first forward to do it, joining defensemen Matt Dumba and Gustav Olofsson as the only other Wild players to participate. This marks Pulkkinen’s second appearance in an AHL All-Star Game, as he represented Grand Rapids in 2015.
The Vantaa Finland, native leads Iowa in scoring with 12 goals and 22 points in 25 games played. The high-scoring right wing is also tops on the team in power-play goals (4), first goals (5), game-winning goals (3) and shots (85). For his AHL career, Pulkkinen has played in 144 games, scoring 77 goals and adding 66 assists for 143 points. The 5-foot-11, 183-pounder has scored once in nine games for Minnesota this season. For his NHL career, Pulkkinen has played in 79 games (mostly with Detroit), scoring 12 goals and totaling 21 points. He was originally drafted by Detroit in the fourth round (#111 overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
The AHL’s All Stars will be divided into four teams, one representing each of the league’s four divisions, for the 2017 AHL All-Star Challenge on Jan. 30. The teams will participate in a round-robin tournament featuring six games of 10 minutes each, played entirely at 3-on-3. The two teams with the best records at the end of the round-robin will face off for a championship, a six-minute game also played at 3-on-3.
The 2017 AHL All-Star Skills Competition presented by Giant Food Stores and Velaspan on Jan. 29 will pit the All Stars from the two Eastern Conference divisions against those from the two Western Conference divisions in seven skills events.
Iowa embarks on a lengthy road trip and returns home on Monday, Jan. 16 for the first-ever meeting with the San Diego Gulls at 7 PM. It is a Free Parking Monday (until the IEC lots are full, sponsored by Nash Icon and KGGO. Fans may purchase a hotdog for $2 at the game. Those that bring a Subway receipt may purchase a $5 ticket. The Star 102.5 / Subway Combo pack is also available, starting at $12 and includes a ticket, a soda, a hotdog and a Subway Peel-a-Deal.
The team continues a four-game home stand with a Winning Wednesday on Jan. 18 at 7 PM with the Grand Rapids Griffins. If the Wild wins, all fans in attendance will be handed a ticket to the game on Feb. 8 upon exit. Those 21 and older may purchase two tallboys for $10. Fans that bring a Subway receipt may purchase a $5 ticket.
Iowa welcomes the Texas Stars for a two games to close out the home stand, starting on Friday. Jan. 20 at 7 PM. The team celebrates Red, White and Blue Night for Military Appreciation, presented by Casey’s and Billions Buick. The first 1,500 fans to the game will be handed a Kurtis Gabriel bobblehead, sponsored by Krist Insurance and Nash Icon. Plato’ Closet is sponsoring a clothes drives, that benefits Central Iowa Shelter and Services. Fans may also enjoy $2 beers, presented by 100.3 The Bus. Patrons may stick around after the game for a postgame skate. Fans may bring their own skates or rent skates for $2 to benefit the American Diabetes Association.
Iowa closes out the lengthy home stand with Country Night on Saturday, Jan. 21st at 7 PM. Parmalee headlines Country Night with a postgame concert, presented by Nash FM, Nash Icon, Catch Des Moines, Jim Beam Apple and Gregg Young Chevrolet of Norwalk. Fans may indulge in Jim Beam drink specials, including a $5 Beam Apple Orchard or a $10 Beam Apple Orchard in a mason jar. VIP Packages for the Parmalee show are available starting at $150. The Brewdog pack is also available, which features a beer/hot dog voucher at the game and a voucher for a free drink at Legends Bar and Grill.
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The Iowa Wild 2016-17 season is presented by Mercy Medical Center: and runs from October through April. Fans may purchase seats to see any of the team’s 38 regular season home games at Wells Fargo Arena. Season tickets to see the Wild play its 2016-17 season at Wells Fargo Arena start at just $10 per game. For more information on tickets, including ticket plans and group seating, please contact the Wild ticket office by calling 515-564-8700 or go to www.iowawild.com.
Fans may purchase single-game tickets multiple ways, either through the team's website – www.Iowawild.com, the Wells Fargo Arena box office or participating Hy-Vee food stores. Tickets are available online at www.Iowawild.com under the single game tickets tab. The Wells Fargo Arena box office is open Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and closed on Sunday. For Saturday game days, the box office will open at 10 a.m. For Sunday game days the box office will open at 12 p.m. Fans may also purchase tickets by calling 1-844-55-HYVEE or by visiting participating Hy-Vee food stores locations in the greater Des Moines area. Those interested may also visit www.hy-veetix.com. Fans interested in buying full-season tickets, or smaller season packages may call the Iowa Wild front office at 515-564-8700.
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