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Wild Newcomers Adjust to Life in Minnesota

10/11/2017, 4:30pm CDT
By Dan Myers; Courtesy


Note: This story originally appeared on on October 8, 2017.

There are facets of life as a professional athlete that are unmistakably awesome.

You're paid well to play a game. At the highest levels, you travel comfortably and stay in nice hotels. You appear on TV every night and play in front of arenas jammed with thousands of screaming fans. 

But other parts that can be a lot more difficult to manage.

While most in the working world are allowed to choose where they live, a pro athlete can be traded on a moment's notice, forcing him or her to pack up and move out, often doing so alone.

It's sometimes made easier when a trade or a signing occurs in the offseason, when a player has time to go to his new home and check out a place to live, see the surroundings and test the commute a few times.

While the Wild has had a relatively stable roster over the years, it did bring in a few new faces, most notably forwards Marcus Foligno and Tyler Ennis in a June trade with the Buffalo Sabres. 

For both players, the deal was the first time in either player's career he had been traded. The fact they were able to come to the Twin Cities together -- as each had a familiar face inside the dressing room -- eased the transition.

Ennis had it even better.

When he learned he had been traded, Ennis was working out next to his best friend, Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon.

"Honestly, for me, it's been pretty easy," Ennis said of the adjustment to Minnesota. "I've been lucky in having 'Spurge' here and also having a lot of friends that live in Minnesota in the summer time. They've helped me out."

Ennis lives in the condo of former Wild forward Erik Haula in downtown Minneapolis. A native of Edmonton who played his entire NHL career in Buffalo, Ennis said the biggest adjustment so far has been the traffic.

"I have to sort of plan my day around it sometimes," Ennis said. 


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