When a devastating tornado roared though Wadena on June 17, 2010, it didn’t take long for news to make it around the globe. Wadena-Deerfield High School boys’ hockey coach Dan Savoie, who happened to be in Finland that fateful day, first heard about it on Russian Syndicated television. Soon he was inundated with emails and videos from friends back home, all trying to come to grips with a seconds-long storm that caused an estimated $35 million in damages.
For Savoie, one of the hardest things to lose was a display of the pucks and stick blades of high school players who had scored their one hundredth goal. Finding scatterings of such remnants was emotional — and vitally important — to the Wolverines coach. In the weeks following the tornado, hockey skates, knee pads and breezers found in nearby woods and fields were returned to the team.