Haula ready for fresh start with Golden Knights – NHL.com

EDINA, Minn. – Erik Haula has called the State of Hockey home for the past eight years, but the former Minnesota Wild forward has a new home.

The Vegas Golden Knights selected Haula, a restricted free agent, in the NHL Expansion Draft on June 21. He agreed to a three-year contract worth a reported $8.25 million (average annual value $2.75 million) the same day.

“It’s exciting,” Haula, 26, said between games in Da Beauty League, where a host of NHL players with ties to Minnesota are playing games for charity twice a week through Aug. 23 at Braemar Arena. “I’ll always love Minnesota but I’m looking forward to starting something new. It’s great. [It’s a] new team – everything is going to be new.” 

“You’re starting to build your own legacy. Nothing has happened [in Vegas] before. Everything is new. It’s a great opportunity for everybody, so you just start building from there. Everyone is new, so we’ve just got to kick it into gear as fast as possible and spend a lot of time with the guys on the team and get to know each other. I’m really excited for this opportunity in my career.”

Not everything will be new. One of Haula’s teammates in Vegas will be defenseman Nate Schmidt; the two were roommates at the University of Minnesota. Schmidt signed a two-year, $4.45 million contract (average annual value $2.225 million) with the Golden Knights on Aug. 5.

Moving to the Las Vegas area will be an adjustment for Haula, who has established deep roots in Minnesota.

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Born in Pori, Finland, he played a year of prep hockey at Shattuck St. Mary’s in Fairbault, Minnesota, before spending three seasons at the University of Minnesota (2010-13).

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