Minnesota Wilderness Memos

Altmann brothers reunite The Minnesota Wilderness acquired Duluth East star Ash Altmann (brother of current Wilderness forward Nick Altmann) from the Bismarck Bobcats. "I'm excited to be able to put on the same sweater as my brother again," said ...

Altmann brothers reunite

The Minnesota Wilderness acquired Duluth East star Ash Altmann (brother of current Wilderness forward Nick Altmann) from the Bismarck Bobcats.

“I’m excited to be able to put on the same sweater as my brother again,” said Nick Altmann. Altmann played a total of 24 games with the Bobcats.

Wilderness Coach Tim Madsen said the team was excited to acquire Ash.

"He will fit right in with the Minnesota Wilderness brand of hockey,” Madsen said. “He can skate, he has great offensive instincts, and he is not afraid to go to the net."


The Wilderness are still currently the hottest team in the Central Division. They’re 7-1-1 in the last nine games, coming off the weekend with a big road sweep verse Minot and Bismarck.

The team plays at home this weekend, Dec. 16-17, against the number one team in the division, the Minot Minotauros.

You won’t want to miss this Central Division showdown or the “ugly Christmas sweater jerseys” that will be raffled off in between periods during Friday and Saturday night’s games. One hundred percent of the net proceeds will go to the Community Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The players wore the specialty jerseys - created by K1 Sportswear in Cloquet - while making several public appearances this week, including bagging groceries today (Thursday, Dec. 15) at SuperOne Foods.

The Wilderness games start at 7:05 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. The first 200 fans Friday will receive a Wilderness lanyard sponsored by the Pine Journal. On Saturday, there will be a post-game “Skate with the Wilderness” and jersey pickup

Cloquet’s Dylan Johnson affiliates with Minnesota Wilderness

The Minnesota Wilderness announced Monday that local Cloquet-Esko-Carlton senior hockey forward Dylan Johnson agreed to an affiliation agreement with the junior hockey team. Johnson, who is currently the second leading scorer for the Lumberjacks, is one of six players the Wilderness chose to affiliate with.


Being an affiliate player means that Johnson is allowed, per North American Hockey League rules, to join the Wilderness and play games once his high school hockey season is completed. The affiliation agreement does not guarantee the player will play games with the respective NAHL team, but should the team see fit given their team’s status - at the conclusion of the player’s high school season, the player could indeed compete in league games.

“Dylan is a smart, two-way forward with a high compete level,” said Wilderness coach Tim Madsen, in his first season at the Wilderness head coach. “Our organization will always look to our own backyard for talent. Dylan attended our tryout camp last summer and made a great impression on the new coaching staff. He is off to a fantastic start for Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, and is very focused on helping his team to a very successful season. He is a driven player, and an important part of his high school team - which we believe will prepare him for the next level when that time comes."


Zuffante will play Division I hockey

Forward Mike Zuffante has committed to play his NCAA Division I Hockey at Bentley University.

Zuffante, a first-year player for the Wilderness, is currently tied for sixth in the 24 team-North American Hockey League in rookie scoring.

“Our entire organization is very proud of Mike,” said Wilderness coach Tim Madsen. “He is going to be a very good college hockey player with his high hockey IQ and skill level. Mike is an A-plus character person who will represent Bentley University very well.”

Zuffante, who will be the fourth player on the current Wilderness roster to have his college plans, said he is very excited to be attending Bentley University in the fall of 2018.


“As a small business school just outside the heart of Boston, the university fulfills all of my dreams,” Zuffante said. “I want to thank the Wilderness organization, the coaching staff, and my teammates for get me to this point. I couldn’t be here without them and their support.”

Bentley University is a private co-educational university in Waltham, Massachusetts, nine miles west of Boston, focused on business. The University is currently building a brand new $45 million multi-purpose arena on campus which is expected to o

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