The Minnesota Wild may be a young team, but they certainly face a lot of pressure from the fans. Playing for a home crowd in the ‘State of Hockey’ is probably as terrifying as it is exhilarating. After several long seasons without a team, Minnesota puts a lot of pressure on the Wild to play their best. Thankfully with several star players, the Wild are up for the challenge.
Arena: Xcel Energy Center
AHL Affiliate: Iowa Wild
Owner: Craig Leipold
Coach: Bruce Boudreau
Current Captain: Mikko Koivu
Goalies: Devan Dubnyk, Darcy Kuemper
Notable Current Players: Zach Parise, Ryan Sutter, Matt Dumba, Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle
The Wild began play in the 2000-01 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the two youngest teams in the league.
After the Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas in 1993, St. Paul tried desperately to get another NHL team. Despite a Minnesota group buying the original Winnipeg Jets, the arena negotiations fell through, so the Jets moved to Phoenix and Minnesota was without a team for seven seasons.
In the Wild’s first game against the Dallas Stars, they won 6-0 in front of a sold out building. There is still some remaining tension between the Minnesota Wild fans and the Dallas Stars for the move from Minnesota that left them without a team for so long.
2008 the Wild won their first, and only, Division Championship.
The eye of the animal on the Wild’s logo is said to represent the North Star, as tribute to the Minnesota North Stars.
The Iowa Wild, their AHL affiliate, was once the Houston Aeros and played in Houston, Texas.
The Xcel Energy Center is ranked one of the best sports venues by ESPN. It is also considered extremely green, certified by LEED, Green Globes, and APEX/ASTM.