With the Wild earning a couple of days off this week, captain Jared Spurgeon and his wife, Danielle, hosted the team’s annual Halloween party at their home in Edina. They dressed up as Wheel Of Fortune hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White, and even went above and beyond, constructing their on own wall of letters for the occasion.

There were other impressive costumes throughout the night, including alternate captain Marcus Foligno dressing up as pop culture phenomenon Ted Lasso, center Ryan Hartman dressing up as a creepy clown that made everyone balloon animals, and defenseman John Merrill dressing up as NBA legend Larry Bird.

In the end, though, nobody could compete with what winger Nick Bjugstad brought to the table.

He dressed up as teammate Nico Sturm, shaving his head to create the full effect. Even before the haircut, the duo has an uncanny resemblance. They also play on the same line together and will be back in action on Saturday night when the Wild take on the Anaheim Ducks at Xcel Center.

As for the costume, it’s something that’s been on Bjugstad’s mind for a while now.

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“I wanted to do it last year,” Bjugstad said. “We didn’t do a Halloween party, obviously.”

As if the haircut weren’t enough, Bjugstad wore Sturm’s actual workout gear, and even carried around a foam roller.

“He’s always foam rolling,” Bjugstad said with a laugh. “It was fun. Anytime we can have some fun with teammates, and get some laughs, that’s what it’s all about.”

The commitment to the bit didn’t end with Bjugstad. He also had his wife, Jackie, dress up as Sturm’s girlfriend, Taylor Turnquist, who played collegiately at Clarkson University. There was some recon involved to get the proper attire.

“I have a good buddy that I played high school hockey with that’s cousins with Taylor Turnquist,” Bjugstad explained. “He went over to her parents house and grabbed the gear. She had no idea. She was wearing all the national championship stuff. It was pretty funny.”

Asked about Sturm’s reaction, Bjugstad said, “I think he was more confused how we got his girlfriend’s hockey gear.” There was also some worry from Sturm that his workout gear smelled, to which Bjugstad clarified, “The equipment managers helped me out and made sure it was clean.”

While there wasn’t an actual contest for best costume at the Halloween party, as far as Foligno was concerned, it wouldn’t have been close.

“I think Bjugy takes the cake with the Sturmy costume,” Foligno said. “He had family photos the next day too. I don’t know how that worked out. It looks like Nico Sturm is the father of his kids now.”

How’d the family photos turn out?

“I don’t know,” Bjugstad said. “Hopefully they got some good angles. There’s a side that looks a little awkward. I don’t know. Maybe I’ll roll with this haircut moving forward. I kind of like it. Usually I’m wearing a hat anyways.”

All jokes aside, the unbeaten Wild (3-0) returned to practice on Friday morning, and yes, coach Dean Evason skated them hard to make sure they were ready for the back-to-back against the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators on Saturday and Sunday.

“It was really good energy today from the group,” Evason said. “Obviously, we expected that after a couple of days off. Our thought process was we’re playing a back-to-back, so we’ll let them rest before we feed into that.”