On a hot summer day, they were outside talking hockey at Minneapolis’ TCF Bank Stadium Wednesday for the official prelude to an outdoor NHL game in Minnesota. “This is an unbelievable day for us,” Wild owner Craig Leopold said. “We have worked really, really hard in the last seven, eight years to try to get an outdoor game for our market, for our fans.”
It looks like there will be a hockey season after all — shortened for sure, but perhaps back in business in a week or so.
The NHL locked out its players at midnight Saturday, becoming the third major sports league to impose a work stoppage in the last 18 months.