A panel truck carrying the equipment of the Minnesota Wild caught fire and burned as the truck was arriving at Scotiabank Place in Kanata, Ontario, Friday afternoon following an off-day practice, destroying most of the team's equipment as it prepared to play the Ottawa Senators Saturday night.
Wild Assistant Equipment Manager Brent Proulx returned Friday evening to St. Paul, in order to obtain replacement equipment, which will depart St. Paul at 5:30 Saturday morning for the Dominion's capitol aboard the Wild's team charter plane, which was originally scheduled to deadhead from Milwaukee to Ottawa later Saturday morning, following the completion of a team charter for the NBA Milwaukee Bucks.
The damage is extensive, sources told the Ottawa Sun. Some players' equipment was virtually unscathed, while others, most notably goaltender Niklas Backstrom and wing Martin Havlat, said that their equipment was basically destroyed. The truck was owned by the Senators, according to senior Ottawa Fire Department officials as quoted by the Canadian Press.