The State of Hockey Anthem debuted with the start of the 2000-2001 inaugural Wild season. In the State of Hockey, where the tradition of our game runs deep, these lyrics (accompanied by energetic, Celtic-flavored music) symbolized all of the elements of Minnesota's rich hockey heritage.
Since the first puck drop, the Anthem has been featured as part of the game presentation at Wild home games. There have been various versions of the piece, and each one embodies the pride we have in the game of hockey and the communities and lives it touches throughout our great state.
We were raised With the stick And a pair of blades On the ice we cut our teeth We took our knocks In the penalty box Our mother was the referee
This sport was here Before we came It will be here when we're gone The game's in our blood And our blood's in the game Lay us down under A frozen pond
We will fight to the end We will stand and defend Our flag flying high and free We were born the child Of the strong and Wild In the State, the State of Hockey
A big blue line runs around our state A line that can't be crossed The day they try to take this game Is the day the gloves come off
We will fight to the end We will stand and defend Our flag flying high and free We were born the child Of the strong and Wild In the State, the State of Hockey.