The Minnesota Wild has announced a multi-year partnership with BMO Harris Bank. BMO Harris Bank and the Wild have a relationship that dates back to the inception of the franchise nearly 20 years ago.
“BMO Harris Bank’s support was crucial in helping me and my partners realize our goal of bringing an NHL franchise back to Minnesota,” said founding Owner Robert Naegele, Jr. “They shared our vision for the entire community to become the State of Hockey that exists today.”
BMO Harris Bank helped secure the final funding to build the Xcel Energy Center in 1998, and the franchise started playing at the arena in 2000. Now BMO Harris Bank and the Wild are partnering again as the Wild celebrate 15 years in Saint Paul.
“We are proud to reignite our partnership with BMO Harris Bank,” Minnesota Wild Owner Craig Leipold said. “BMO Harris Bank has a long history of being a strong supporter in the communities they serve and they share our passion for creating a greater State of Hockey.”
One feature of the renewed partnership includes the entitlement of the BMO Harris Bank Flag Bearer. This Minnesota Wild tradition allows a young hockey player to lead the team onto the ice before each home game.
“We’re pleased to continue working with such an important organization in our community as the Wild, and we’re especially happy to sponsor the flag bearer, to help give a once-in-a-lifetime experience to one young fan each game,” said Todd Senger, market president, BMO Harris Bank. “The Wild is a tremendous asset to our community and part of BMO’s growing partnership with the NHL in several of our markets.”
Timeline/History of BMO Harris’ Relationship with the Minnesota Wild
1997 – NHL franchise awarded to Minnesota Sports & Entertainment (Bob Naegele, Jr., majority owner). Naegele had previously spent 10 years as the owner of Rollerblade, Inc, a purchase that BMO Harris bank aided in financing.
1998 – Groundbreaking of Xcel Energy Center. BMO Harris Bank would be a key part of securing the final funding for the arena.
2000 – First game played.
2008 – Minnesota Sports & Entertainment sold to Craig Leipold, former owner of the Nashville Predators.
2015 – Multi-year partnership announced between BMO Harris Bank and the Minnesota Wild.
About BMO Harris Bank
BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through more than 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank’s commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. For more information about BMO Harris Bank, go to the company fact sheet. Banking products and services are subject to bank or credit approval. BMO Harris Bank N.A., Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with approximately 1,600 branches, and CDN $672 billion in assets (as of July 31, 2015).