I won the online auction that the Wild held to "meet and greet" José after practice this past Tuesday. The auction ended on Jan. 31st, and a rep from the Wild organization called me a couple days later with the particulars of what practice, etc. We were allowed to watch the practice, which is a big deal, because they've never allowed the public in for practices. There were about 30 of us there. Every winner was allowed to bring 4 people. I brought my husband.
I live in Central Illinois, so it was an 8 hour drive to get to St. Paul. We drove up on Monday and got there about 5:00. We stayed at the Holiday Inn across the street from the Xcel. The practice began at 10:30 am on Tuesday and lasted until noon (they said it ran longer than normal.) We got to sit down close to watch them. Luckily José practiced most of the time at the end where we were. I didn't see much of Backs, because he was at the other end. I took some photos, but they didn't turn out real well. I thought my camera was ok, but I guess not. :p Maybe it's hard to get good photos in those places...but here are a couple just to prove I saw the practice.