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05-31-2011, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Vashanesh View Post
I'm not the least bit concerned. Most hockey fans that far north care about college and high school if they care about hockey. The NHL is secondary when you've got great, competitive hockey right at your doorstep.

I really doubt there's a sizable chunk of Wild fans in Fargo anyway, at least not enough to make our ownership do something rash just to keep them happy.
This.

The more northern Minnesota you go, the less they do care about the NHL. Even the Wild in northern Minnesota, much less in the Dakotas, don't exactly have a great pull among residents. Depending on where you are, college teams take precedent. High School teams follow. Unless you're moving a team into Duluth, the NHL will likely be an afterthought in those parts. (Still is here, even with the Wild)

As far as the Dakotas, as an alum of UND, that market couldn't care less about the Wild. (And the Wild do not really market themselves up there anyway)

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