Mikael Granlund: From Yard Games To The Stars

This might be a little old in Finland but it's new to me. For those fans in St. Paul enthralled with Mikael Granlund's shootout and hockey abilities last weekend, there's a Finnish profile (with English subtitles) on him covering the 2009-2010 season with HIFK. This is the year before Minnesota drafted Granlund with the 9th pick and takes a deep look into his life growing up in Finland, the Granlund family, playing hockey and dealing with the media. There are lighter moments including Mikael driving a car wondering the speed limit and messing around with lacrosse goals (the goal in the World Championships being nothing new) and more serious including the aftermath of a contract dispute and moving to HIFK from Kärpät.

Even though there is nothing new and the only mention of the Minnesota Wild comes in the form of an epilogue, this is a must-see for all Wild fans. With Mikael Granlund being a big part of the future of the team, it is good to know where he comes from and the importance of his family. I came away with it having more respect for Granlund and would be hard pressed to find someone who does not.


(H/T to HF Boards member timanGi)

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