The Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks will have an alumni game for their Stadium Series event including past players from the Minnesota North Stars.
OK, that’s pretty cool – mostly because the North Stars are basically the Stars, but are playing in a game that involves a team from a rival organization.
The Wild confirmed the news to Puck Daddy. It was first reported on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities. Former North Stars defenseman Brad Maxwell gave everyone the heads up on the Mackey and Judd radio show.
The Wild couldn’t confirm the participants – probably because the game, which will be played outdoors Feb. 20 at TCF Bank Stadium, is still months away and getting a bunch of former NHL players’ schedules to align is not the easiest of tasks.
But Maxwell said the group will include North Stars fan favorites Dino Ciccarelli, Neal Broten, Don Beaupre, Basil McRae … and Mr. Dallas Star, Mike Modano.
With all due respect, Modano probably would have been the greatest North Star in team history had Norm Green not moved the organization to Dallas for the 1993-94 season.
"The Stadium Series game is a pinnacle NHL event and we wish the Minnesota Wild the best with it this upcoming season," Dallas Stars president CEO and alternate governor Jim Lites said. "Including the North Stars alumni in the event is appropriate as it’s a celebration of hockey in the state of Minnesota. Those players are very much a part of that culture and tradition, and it’s only fitting for them to be included in the alumni game."
As for the Blackhawks – Eddie Belfour, Steve Larmer and Denis Savard will reportedly highlight an alum group.
If you're moody about the inclusion of the North Stars in a weekend involving the Wild, shame on you. What else would the team do? Bring back Marian Gaborik? Include Cliff Ronning, Sergei Krivokrasov or Brad Bombardir? Though Minnesota is the State of Hockey (as people there love to tell non-Minnesotans all the time) the Wild organization played its first season in 2000-01.
The NHL/teams did not have any sort of alumni game this past season for the Winter Classic between Washington and Chicago or the Stadium Series game between the Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, which really stunk on a lot of levels. It’s a fun event and great for the fans.
Plus, seeing a bunch of guys wearing North Stars jerseys again will be cool, unless they’re forced to wear some sort of gross half Wild, half North Stars unis.
Also, if you’re going to make this a celebration of hockey in Minnesota, why not invite actors from the original Mighty Ducks movie? The film was based in the Twin Cities!
Nah, now I’m envisioning a three-part jersey that includes green and yellow, and red and gold and stars and some non-descript cat-like creature and a duck. That sounds like the hockey version of ManBearPig.
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