Winter Classic 2011: Feeling Minnesota

Posted: 7th December 2009 by Blake Benzel in NHL
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If you’re from the state of Minnesota, you know that hockey isn’t just a sport—it’s an institution.   There are towns like the one you see portrayed in Mystery, Alaska , where skates are slapped on kids literally as soon as they can walk.  There are rinks that litter the state, not to mention the ponds that turn into rinks and the outdoor rinks that get created in parks and backyards during the winter.   Since 1937, 200 Minnesotans have laced up their skates and donned the sweaters of NHL teams, the most of any U.S. state.  In fact, the 80 Minnesotans that have played in the NHL this decade are more than any state has ever suited up with the exception of Massachusetts and New York.   The Xcel Energy Center is filled on a regular basis in Mar ...

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