The Minnesota Wild NHL hockey team is an expansion team that was established in the year 2000, seven years after the State of Hockey lost it's former NHL team, the Minnesota Northstars, who became the team now known as the Dallas Stars. Since their inception, the Minnesota Wild have played at the Xcel Energy Center in beautiful downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. The Minnesota Wild are owned by Minnesota Sports and Entertainment, formed by majority owner Bob Naegele, which also owns the Minnesota Swarm National Lacrosse League and operates the Xcel Energy Center, the St. Paul RiverCentre and the Roy Wilkins Auditorium and Wildside Caterers.
The Minnesota Wild logo is the face of a bear incorporating traditions from the State of Hockey - the trees representing the great outdoors and northwoods, the mouth representing the mighty Mississippi, and the eye representing the Northern Star reference which became the signature name of the previous Minnesota NHL team, the North Stars. The Minnesota Wild home jersey is primarily red with a circular logo in the chest region of the sweater, featuring "Minnesota Wild" written around the circular pattern and showing the Minnesota Wild logo in the center of the circle. The away Wild jerseys are primarily white and feature a large version of the Minnesota Wild logo in the center of the sweater.
The Minnesota Wild play competitive, professional hockey in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the NHL. In their inaugural year, the Minnesota Wild finished in last place of their division with a record of 25-39-13-5. Their second season didn't fare much better for this rookie team, when they again finished last place in the Northwest Division with a record of 26-35-12-9. The Minnesota Wild worked very hard during their third season as an official NHL hockey team, finishing third place in the Northwest Division for the first time in their history with a record of 42-29-10-1. The young talent coach Jacques Lemaire had recruited with the inception of the team was finally developing into something that made for exciting hockey play. In the post-season games of that year, the Minnesota Wild barely made it through the first round of the playoffs, knocking the Colorado Avalanche out of the running for the Stanley Cup. They lost their footing during the second round of the playoffs as the Mighty Ducks swept them in the first four games of the series.
The 2003/2004 season was a rough one for the Minnesota Wild NHL hockey team. They played competitvely throughout the season, but were not able to quite put out the numbers they had achieved in the previous season. They finished this season with a record of 30-29-20-3. The 2004-2005 season was cancelled due to the NHL lockout, which made many of the supportive Minnesota Wild hockey fans apprehensive about continuing to support the team by purchasing Wild season tickets the following year. In the 2005-06 season after the lockout, the Minnesota Wild came close, but didn't quite make the playoff cut once again with a record of 38-36-8.
The 2006-07 season was much more fruitful for the Minnesota Wild NHL team. Injuries seemed to plague the team throughout the season, but somehow they managed to end the season on a high with a winning NHL record of 48-26-8, putting them in the running for the Stanley Cup as they advanced to the first round of the playoffs. Fans were, however, again disappointed by the team's lackluster performance, getting taken by the aggressive Anaheim Mighty Ducks and winning only one of the NHL playoff games in the series. Minnesota Wild fans hope to see only more successes in the future of this talented Minnesota Wild team.