The Minnesota Wild is a NHL hockey team based out of Saint Paul, Minnesota. The MN Wild played its first home game in 2000 at the Xcel Energy Center, a state-of-the-art hockey arena constructed on the site of the old St. Paul Civic Center. The Minnesota Wild plays in the Northwest Division of the NHL's Western Conference.
The Minnesota Wild was announced as the team name in 1998 after the state of Minnesota was granted a NHL expansion team. The state of Minnesota considered other possible names for the Minnesota Wild, including the Minnesota Blue Ox, the Minnesota Freeze, Minnesota Northern Lights, Minnesota Voyageurs and Minnesota White Bears. The name "Minnesota Wild" was released to the chagrin of the other name's supporters, but the Minnesota Wild was eventually accepted and embraced. The Minnesota Wild is often referred to as the "Team of 18,000," a metaphor for the nightly sell-out crowds of 18,000 supporting the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Minnesota Wild chose right winger Marian Gaborik as its first ever NHL draft choice and first on the ice leader. Gaborik blossomed into the cornerstone of the Wild franchise and for several seasons was a Minnesota Wild Fan favorite. However, after injury and reports of a negative attitude Minnesota Wild Fans grew weary of the star. Gaborik was let go from the Minnesota Wild Roster before the 2009-2010 season. Since his depature several other skaters on the MN Wild Roster have stepped up to fill the hole he left.
Tthe Minnesota Wild made the playoffs for the first time in only its third NHL season. The Wild defeated the Vancouver Canucks and the Colorado Avalanches in a NHL playoff series before succumbing to the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Finals. Like most teams, the Minnesota Wild have experienced ups and downs leaving them in playoff position more than once. However despite their league standing the Minnesota Wild have never lost fan support. Minnesota Wild Tickets are always hard to find and can become quite expensive as Minnesota Wild Games, especially high-profile match-ups like Wild Avalanche games, approach. Buy your Minnesota Wild Tickets early to avoid paying high Wild Ticket Prices!