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Photos: Bob Naegele, Jr., and the NHL's return to the State of Hockey

Former Wild chairman was instrumental in bringing professional pucks back to Minnesota

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

ST. PAUL -- Former Wild chairman Bob Naegele, Jr., passed away Wednesday due to complications from cancer. The energetic, spirited first owner in club history was instrumental in bringing NHL hockey back to Minnesota and created a family environment among fans, players, coaches and the organization's business staff.

Below are some photos of the man who spearheaded the Wild's creation and inaugural era.

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