DOWNING PART OF MINNESOTA’S BLOCKBUSTER TRADE WITH ARIZONAFeb 26, 2017
DES MOINES, IA – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher on Sunday announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired forwards Martin Hanzal (pronounced HAHN-zuhl) and Ryan White, and a fourth-round selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Minnesota’s first-round selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, its second-round selection in 2018, a conditional fourth-round selection in 2019, and forward Grayson Downing. Arizona will retain 50 percent of Hanzal’s salary.
Downing, 24 (4/18/92), has played parts of the last three seasons with the Iowa Wild, Minnesota’s AHL affiliate. This year, the center has totaled 22 points (7-15=22) and 11 PIM in 47 games with Iowa. The 6-foot, 195-pound native of Abbotsford, B.C., has totaled 66 points (26-40=66) in 108 games with Iowa from 2015-date. He originally signed with Minnesota as a free agent out of the University of New Hampshire on March 24, 2015.
Hanzal, 30 (2/20/87), has collected 26 points (16-10=26), 43 penalty minutes (PIM) and 105 hits in 51 games with Arizona this season. The 6-foot-6, 226-pound native of Pisek, Czech Republic, led the Coyotes in goals, ranked third in scoring and led all forwards in TOI/game (18:35). One of Arizona’s alternate captains, Hanzal also led the Coyotes with a 56.0% faceoff success rate, and has won more than 50% of faceoffs taken in seven of the last eight seasons. He ranks T-9th amongst active NHL players with a 55.7% faceoff win percentage since 2013-14 and is 17th amongst active forwards with 1,427 hits since 2007-08. Hanzal set career highs with 28 assists and 41 points in 64 games last season.
Hanzal owns 313 points (117-196=313) and 537 PIM in 608 career NHL games in 10 seasons with the Coyotes. Hanzal has totaled 12 points (4-8=12), 47 PIM and 97 hits in 23 career Stanley Cup Playoff matches. He registered a career-high 239 hits (13th in NHL) and plus-12 rating during the 2011-12 season, 16 goals in 2010-11 and 104 PIM in 2009-10. Hanzal played for the Czech Republic at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the 2014 Olympics, the 2013, 2008 and 2007 World Championships, the 2006 World Junior Championship and the 2005 Under-18 World Championship where he was named to the All-Star Team. He was originally selected by the Coyotes in the first round (17th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and will wear jersey No. 19 with Minnesota.
White, 28 (3/17/88), has totaled 13 points (7-6=13) in 46 games with Arizona this season, leading the Coyotes with 70 PIM and ranking second with 138 hits. The 6-foot, 200-pound native of Brandon, Man., has totaled 58 points (29-29=58), 433 PIM and 770 hits in 294 career games with the Coyotes (2014-17) and Montreal (2009-14). He registered career highs in games played (73), goals (11), points (16), PIM (101), PPG (3), shots (88), and hits (208) last season. He was originally selected by Montreal in the third round (66th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and will wear jersey No. 21 with Minnesota.
After a six-game road trip with stops in Chicago, Rockford, Texas and Milwaukee, Iowa returns home to play the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday, Mar. 18 at 6 PM at Wells Fargo Arena. The St. Patrick’s Day game features a postgame concert with Gaelic Storm, sponsored by 100.3 The Bus, Jim Beam and My Satellite Guy. VIP packages are available starting at $20. The first 1,500 fans to the game receive an Iowa Wild Irish themed hat, sponsored by 95 KGGO and LIUNA. In a partnership with Jim Beam and NASH FM, fans 21 and older are able to purchase the “The Big Ginger” drink special. It is also Jim Beam Night. Subway Combo Packs are available for purchase at the game. Brewdog packs are also available for purchase at the game, presented by Legends American Grill and Bud Light. The Wild will also don St. Patrick’s Day themed specialty jerseys for the game. The team wears the specialty jerseys for all three home games in March, culminating with a live postgame jersey auction on Saturday, Mar. 31.
2016-17 Iowa Wild regular season single-game tickets are on sale now. Follow the Iowa Wild on Twitter @IAWILD or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/iawild.
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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