Minnesota Hockey Journal

October 2019

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M H J O N L I N E . C O M | O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 22 UP WHEELS IT WOULDN'T BE HARD to picture Blake Wheeler as a basketball player. At a towering 6-foot-5, 225-pounds, he would have made an excep- tional around-the-rim forward. In fact, that was nearly his fate, until mom—who always knows best—stepped in. "Blake was 5 and starting to drift into sports and his dad was look- ing at basketball and I was like, 'No, that's not the way it can be,'" Pat Wheeler recalls of the 'which sport' discussion with her husband, Jim. "(Jim) grew up in Detroit and I'm a native Minnesotan, so I said, 'This is Minnesota, and we play hockey.' So I signed him up for hockey. Photo / MHJ Archives

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