Sure, Warroad is Hockey Town in Minnesota, but the Minnesota Wild are having a contest to allow other cities in the state to lay claim to the title. Thirty-two cities are in the running, including beautiful Twig, the home of star runner Garry Bjorklund. Here’s a release from the NHL team:
MINNESOTA WILD FANS TO SELECT STATE OF HOCKEY CAPITAL
The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced today that beginning today and continuing through the conclusion of the 2009-10 NHL regular season, fans will have the opportunity to select what city is the capital of the State of Hockey on www.wild.com. The winner of the Capital of the State of Hockey contest, presented by TRIA Orthopaedic Center, will be announced on April 10 when the Wild hosts the Dallas Stars. Fans can see the full bracket and vote by clicking on the State of Hockey link on the home page of www.wild.com.
A total of 32 cities from across the state will compete in the contest, with the first match-up pitting Eveleth vs. Red Wing. Each Monday, two cities will face-off in an effort to advance to the next round. The following cities have been selected to compete in the contest:
South St. Paul
Thief River Falls
White Bear Lake
Matchups will start at noon each Monday and end at noon the following week. The winner will be announced April 10.