Minnesota is Well Represented in the 2011 Frozen Four

Even without the Golden Gophers, Minnesota is well represented in the 2011 Frozen Four Tournament because of the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, who knocked out the #1 seed – Yale – in the first round. But there’s another reason that the State of Hockey is making a big contribution in the Frozen Four this […]

Minnesota Produces the Most NHL Players Born in the U.S.

We thought it would be interesting to find out which U.S. State produces the most U.S. born professional hockey players and, without too much surprise, we found that Minnesota is the birthplace of the largest number of U.S. born professional hockey players. These stats include the World Hockey Association (WHA), a professional league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. (Updated Mar 2016):   Sorted […]

A Day of Firsts on Opening Day at Target Field

Opening Day for the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on April 12, 2010 brought a number of “Firsts”. In fact, it almost seemed as if every other ball was placed into safe keeping during the first inning because they represented the “First” of something. Even the Boston Red Sox got into the action by requesting the ball for […]

Three MLB Umpires Born in Minnesota Officiate at Twins Home Opener

Three of the four umpires officiating at the Minnesota Twins Home Opener on April 12, 2010 were born in Minnesota. These umpires were: Tim Tschida (St. Paul, MN) Jeff Nelson  (Cottage Grove, MN) Mark Wegner  (St. Paul, MN) The fourth umpire for the game – Kerwin Danley – was born in Los Angeles, CA. The game was completed without incident or […]

Mike Modano and the State of Hockey in Minnesota

On April 10, 2010 Mike Modano was in St. Paul with the Dallas Stars to play the Minnesota Wild in what could have been his last NHL game as a player*. Mike Modano was at one time the face of NHL hockey in the State of Hockey – Minnesota. Over the past 21 years, Mike Modano, the Minnesota North Star turned Dallas Star, has become one of the most consistently great players in […]