First up: a link from DDC. The Wild have hired a new play-by-play guy.
Fox Sports North and the Wild made it official Tuesday morning: FSNorth veteran Anthony LaPanta is the new television play-by-play voice of the Wild. He replaces Dan Terhaar, whose contract wasn't renewed last month after seven seasons at the mike.
LaPanta, the Gophers' play-by-play voice since 2010 and the Wild, Wolves and Twins studio host since 2004, will join analyst Mike Greenlay as the Wild's television team.
The hire comes after three days worth of almost universally negative feedback from fans over LaPanta's expected hiring on blogs and message boards.
And Hockey Wilderness is thrilled.
About a week ago, the great and all seeing Mike Russo reported that the Wild were close to hiring Anthony LaPanta as the new play by play voice of the team on television broadcasts run by FSN. That post currently has 71 comments, not one of them positive. First Round Bust wrote about the negatively galvanizing effect the decision had for Wild fans, and Nick wrote about the choice being "not acceptable" over at Hitting the Post.
On its website, for the benefit and/or amusement of its customers, New York’s Madison Square Garden posts a 13-point Code of Conduct.
It’s pretty funny reading, the best thigh-slapper being this beauty — Regulation No. 5: Guests shall refrain from using foul/offensive language, fighting, obscene gestures, throwing objects and engaging in other behaviour detrimental to the experience of other guests.
Some would suggest that these are not forbidden acts at the Garden, but rather prerequisites for being granted admission to New York Rangers games.