Ice Time with the Minnesota Wild

By Explore Minnesota

Minnesota native Zach Parise plays left wing for the Minnesota Wild.

In the Land of 10,000 Lakes—where lakes are frozen for several months of the year—hockey is big. Minnesota is known as the State of Hockey. We’ve got it all, from peewees to pros, including exciting NHL hockey with the Minnesota Wild.

Known to Minnesota fans as the “Team of 18,000,” the Wild's home ice is Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul, recognized as one of the best venues worldwide for sporting events, and a favorite arena for hockey with great sightlines all around.

The Wild debuted in 2000 with Hockey Hall of Famer Jacques Lemaire as coach from 2000 to 2009. Along the way, Lemaire became the 11th coach in NHL history to have 500 wins. Mike Yeo has been the head coach since 2011.

In the 2002-03 NHL Season, the team made its first Stanley Cup playoff appearance. The team also made the playoffs for the past two NHL seasons. The Minnesota Wild are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the NHL.

The Wild’s roster includes many players with Minnesota connections. Keith Ballard, Stu Bickel, Ryan Carter, Zach Parise and Nate Prosser are all Minnesota natives. Eric Haula, Thomas Vanek and Keith Ballard also played college hockey at the University of Minnesota.

The Minnesota Wild hockey season runs from October to April. For schedule and ticket information, visit