Minnesota Hockey Journal

December 2014

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Q&A INTERVIEW WITH RYAN CARTER 16 The beginning of the 2014-15 NHL season was a bit of whirlwind for Ryan Carter. The center spent training camp with the New Jersey Devils. When that came to a close, the Devils, the team he spent the previous three seasons with, didn't offer him a contract. Then the Minnesota Wild stepped in. On Oct. 6, 2014, three days before the Wild's season opener, the White Bear Lake Area Hockey Association alum returned home on a one-year contract with the team he grew up idolizing. Despite the mere days he had to get to know his new teammates and learn the Wild's systems, Carter earned a spot in the opening-night lineup and has been a fixture on Minnesota's fourth line ever since. Minnesota Hockey Journal caught up with Carter, a member of the 2007 Stanley Cup-winning Anaheim Ducks, to see how his return to the State of Hockey is treating him. MHJ: What was it like to come home? Ryan Carter: It's just kind of starting to sink in now. It was all business when I got here. But it's nice, obviously, to play for a team you grew up watching and idolizing. There's added benefits now. My parents get to stop over and see their grandkids, which makes them happy, and that makes me happy. MHJ: Any memories from watching the Wild while growing up? RC: Oh yeah. I stayed up probably later than I should have watching games. They'd go into overtime and I'd be like "I've got to stay up, five more minutes." I watched them all the time. MHJ: Obviously there's always a learn- ing curve when you join a new team. How has that been going and is it nice to have a familiar face on the team in Zach Parise, your former teammate from the Devils? RC: It's nice. No questions are dumb ques- tions, but there's a lot of little things that go on throughout a team whether it's on the from to the WHITE BEAR WILD BY KELLY ERICKSON RyAn CARTER's pATH To THE nHL sTARTED on HIs nEIgHBoRHooD ouTDooR RInk PHOTOS: MINNESOTA WILD, MSU ATHLETICS MINNESOTAHOCKEYJOURNAL.COM // DECEMBER.2014

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