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Social media reaction to the passing of Bob Naegele, Jr.

Hockey community shares memories of Wild's first owner

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

SAINT PAUL -- The loss of former chairman Robert O. Naegele Jr., who passed away Wednesday night, could be felt across the hockey community Thursday as fans, players and friends of the Wild organization took to social media to express their condolences.

The Wild will honor Naegele with a moment of silence prior to its next home game on Nov. 13 against the Washington Capitals. In addition, the team will wear a patch with the initials 'BN' on their jerseys for the remainder of this season, starting with Thursday's game at the Los Angeles Kings. Further details on how the team will honor Naegele's memory will be announced soon.


Tweet from @mnwild: Forever part of #mnwild.

Tweet from @walz3737: Trust me when I say this, nobody loved the Wild more than Mr Naegele, period. Strong in his faith and convictions but always, always cared about others. You changed my life, & gave me opportunity when you purchased the Wild, I will always be indebted and grateful. RIP Mr. Naegele

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Commissioner Bettman statement on the passing of former @mnwild chairman Bob Naegele Jr.

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: We are saddened to hear about the passing of former Minnesota Wild chairman Bob Naegele Jr. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob���s family and friends and the entire @mnwild organization. Tweet from @MGaborik12: I���d like to express my deepest and heartfelt condolences to Naegele family. Bob Naegele,Jr. was a great,honest and the family man with tremendous amount of integrity. Me and my family loved him dearly. He was a family to me. Thank you for everything! R.I.P 🙌🙏������

Tweet from @FSNGorg: Very saddened by this news Mr.Naegele was such a key figure in bringing NHL hockey back to Minnesota and just a gem of a man.RIP Bob you will be dearly missed.

Tweet from @mystateofhockey: As a state we lost one of the greatest men, who loved others and hockey. Let���s continue to live out his legacy, by being kind to others and playing this great game with passion and integrity!

Tweet from @USHL: The USHL is deeply saddened by the passing of Bob Naegele, Jr., the father of @sfstampede owner Bob Naegele III. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with the Naegele family at this difficult time.

Tweet from @mnwild: "When the North Stars left, I realized what a hole it left in the heart of everyone in Minnesota, whether you're a hockey fan or not. I had the opportunity ��� I was in the rare place and time ��� to change history." �����Bob Naegele Jr.📰 ���

Tweet from @PulledGoalie: I���m so saddened to hear of Bob Naegele Jr.���s passing. A true man of class & refinement. An articulate man & a fan of the hand written note. A man who would remember everyone���s name. Will be missed deeply. #mnwild

Tweet from @AnthonyLaPanta: Sad news. He was a very good man. And he brought hockey back to Minnesota!My prayers are with his family today. Tweet from @WCHA_WHockey: Bob Naegele, Jr. brought the NHL back to the State of Hockey, he was a champion of the sport at all levels and was a longtime advocate for women's hockey, the college game and the #WCHA.We are deeply saddened and join the Naegele family and the #mnwild in mourning his loss.

Tweet from @kassassination: A good man and a champion for hockey in Minnesota. Had a tremendous impact on many in the community... Bob will be greatly missed.

Tweet from @MNWildFound: Our community has lost a great man and tremendous steward for the game of hockey and community relationships across the State of Hockey. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Naegele family during this difficult time.

Tweet from @mnwild: It was more than just hockey to Bob Naegele, Jr. It was family. 📰 ���

Tweet from @DawnAtFOX9: So very sad to hear of the passing of Bob Naegele Jr. He was incredibly welcoming and kind to me from the moment I moved here to MN. My love & condolences to his family & to his @mnwild family 🙏 Rest In Peace Bob

Tweet from @tigermark64: When the Wild had their open house at the "X", I sent and e-mail to Bob saying how much I enjoyed seeing it. He responded to it and I still have a copy in my scrapbook. He worked hard to bring the National Hockey League back here. We will miss him very much.

Tweet from @vllstephens: What a magnificent gentleman...we are so fortunate to be able to enjoy the benefits of his legacy.

Tweet from @Paulajswright: So sorry to hear this! Very fond memories of skating with him and his crazy socks during Rollerblade days!

Tweet from @IrishsongLee: He was an amazing man and will be missed

Tweet from @bennett335: Very sad to see this news. Mr. Naegele was a wonderful man and champion of all levels of hockey. My thoughts are with his family and the hockey community.

Tweet from @Mancini1979: I remember talking hockey with him in the lobby at @XcelEnergyCtr several times over the years. Very nice, approachable guy.

Tweet from @logic_ref: He was involved in hockey in so many different ways. He took Rollerblade and inline skating and hockey as owner of that company and also Mission Hockey to great levels!

Tweet from @MarcMcCallum32: Bob was a great man. Bob was also the Owner & Chairman of @Athletica_SS for many many many years. I will miss our NCAA Coaches Conference trips to Naples with Bob. A truly genuine person. Rest in Peace.

Tweet from @TwinsPrez: Sad news. Bob Naegle, Jr. deserves an incredible amount of credit for bringing the @mnwild and @NHL back to Minnesota. We will be forever thankful for his commitment to this region.

Tweet from @andrewzimmern: So sad. Bob was one of our first and most passionate customers when I was running un deux trois in Mpls long ago. He had an office upstairs in the building at the time and we would go up there occasionally and just shoot the breeze. What a kind and generous man. @mnwild #mnwild

Tweet from @XcelEnergyCtr: Regardless of their role at Xcel Energy Center, former @mnwild Chairman Robert O. Naegele, Jr. greeted employees by name + was respectful to all. His presence in the State of Hockey will be sorely missed.

Tweet from @Ryan_Carter22: I���ll never forget the night I sat in my room, well past bedtime, watching #mnwild play their first game in Anaheim. I have Mr. Naegele to thank for that memory and countless more. I didn���t know Mr. Naegele personally but he���s touched my life in a very positive and meaningful way.

Tweet from @MinnHockey: We are deeply saddened by the loss of a great man. Minnesota Hockey will be forever grateful to Mr. Naegele for understanding its importance and making sure the Wild always embraced community and high school hockey. He truly understood why Minnesota is the #StateOfHockey

Tweet from @TimDroogsma: I've been an usher on the Club Level since Day One. Bob would often stop and say hello, greet me by name, shake hands, thank me for being there. Class act all the way, incredible gentleman.

Tweet from @jonnelrivet: Some great times at the Xcel Center and when he would visit our booth. Pure gentleman, what a great loss to hockey.

Tweet from @PaintballMormon: For almost 10 years after that we saw Bob after games on the suite level and he always said hi and remembered us. I will always cherish those memories. My family mourns with the Naegeles and know that he will always be with you. Thank you for bringing hockey back to Minnesota!!! Tweet from @MarkDParrish: Mr. Naegele has a passion for hockey especially hockey in MN. Thank you for bringing NHL back home and everything you���ve done for the game in this State! #RIP

Tweet from @9modano: RIP Mr. Naegele. Thanks for all you���ve done for Minnesota hockey

Tweet from @fsnorth: ���He was a great man.���Koivu shares his memories of founding @mnwild owner Bob Naegele Jr.


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