Just how much do Minnesotans love hockey?
So much that they didn’t even need an NHL franchise. They have enough hockey to keep them busy without the Wild.
The Globe and Mail looks in on the original Hockeytown, USA: Warroad, Minnesota. Population: 1,679. Number of Olympic hockey medalists living there: 6.
Of course, the people of Warroad don’t really consider themselves Americans: “It’s like we consider ourselves southern Manitobans,” once and possibly future New York Ranger coach told the Globe and Mail. “We share the same weather, the same culture.”
Whatever. They pay their taxes to Uncle Sam, so I’m claiming them. See? People do like hockey in here the states!
And thank goodness the Wild’s neutral-zone clog of a game hasn’t seeped into the collective hockey conscious of the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
By the way. ESPN’s Terry Frei agrees that Minnesota, the whole state, is the real Hockeytown.