Wild’s Matt Dumba hides in plain sight to speak with fans at Minnesota’s Mall of America

Wild rookie defenseman Matt Dumba isn’t yet a household name in Minnesota – or at least, not a household face, as he found out after going recently to Minnesota’s famous Mall of America to speak with hockey fans who didn’t recognize the young athlete interviewing them.

Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba is in his rookie season, far from his hometown of Regina, Sask. So he no doubt didn’t take it personally when he ventured out with a camera crew to speak with shoppers at Minnesota’s famous Mall of America and wasn’t exactly mobbed by people recognizing who they were speaking to.

The 20-year-old Dumba, picked seventh overall by the Wild in 2012, is off to a solid start in his first full NHL year (including eight goals and 13 points in 52 games). But judging by the people in the interview who had no idea who he was, he’s still got a ways to go before he’s a household name – or at least, a household face:

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Minnesotans are famous for their good natures, so maybe they recognized who Dumba was and simply didn’t want to embarrass him. Or maybe he’ll just have to boost his profile by continuing to help the Wild win.