Zach Parise, like other Minnesotans in attendance yesterday at TCF Bank Stadium, was a proud native son when asked about the Wild hosting a 2016 Stadium Series game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
“Growing up here, it’s kind of in the culture,” Parise said. “It’s going to be special for everybody.”
Also joining Parise on the Golden Gophers football field was Wild Owner/Chairman Craig Leipold and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who communicated together regularly over the past few years to make this event a reality.
Watch Leipold (below) and Bettman (bottom) share their thoughts on the rivalry between the two teams and how important the alumni component of the event is.
And like Bettman said when asked about the outdoor game in Minnesota, “Where better to play a game than the State of Hockey?”