The Minnesota Wild are an NHL hockey team from St Paul, Minnesota. Founded in 2000, they replaced the Minnesota North Stars who moved to Dallas in 1993. The Wild's team colours are forest green, iron range red, harvest gold, Minnesota wheat beige, and white. They currently play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference.
The Wild have one retired number, "1", as a tribute to the fans of the Minnesota Wild. Their home arena is the Xcel Energy Center.
2003 - The Wild, in their first ever playoff appearance, make it all the way to the Western Conference Finals before being swept 4-0 by the Anaheim Ducks. Previously, the Wild had beaten the heavily favored and third seeded Colorado Avalanche in the first round in seven games, coming down from a 3-1 series deficit and winning both Game 6 and 7 in overtime. Andrew Brunette scored the series clincher. In the Western Conference Semi-finals, the Wild beat the fourth seeded Vancouver Canucks, again in seven games, and again after being down 3-1 in the series. In the process, the Wild became the first team in playoff history to capture a seven game series twice after facing elimination during Game 5.
History- The National Hockey League announced that Minnesota had been awarded an expansion franchise to begin play in the 2000-2001 season. The six finalist team names for the new NHL franchise were: Minnesota Blue Ox, Minnesota Freeze, Minnesota Northern Lights, Minnesota Voyageurs, Minnesota White Bears and Minnesota Wild. Jac Sperling was named Chief Executive Officer of the Minnesota team and Brian Skluzacek was named Chief Financial Officer.The new NHL team is officially named the Minnesota Wild. The unveiling occurred in front of Aldrich Arena. The Minnesota Wild announced its first major sponsorship agreement with the Minnesota Wild Mastercard card from First USA. It was the earliest that First USA has ever signed an agreement in advance of a team beginning play (31 months). The State of Minnesota agreed in legislation to fund $65 million of the $130 million project costs for Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Saint Paul Civic Center deconstruction began soon thereafter and the Xcel Energy Center design was announced. A groundbreaking ceremony for the Xcel Energy Center was hosted in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Minnesota Wild announced a 26-year partnership agreement with the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission (MASC). The Minnesota Wild-MASC partnership is the first partnership of its kind between a private professional sports team and a public amateur sports organization. Doug Risebrough was named executive vice president/general manager of Minnesota Wild and the Xcel Energy Center was completed and ready for use.
Other teams in the Western Conference: