DES MOINES, Iowa -- For some, the opportunity to see the NHL preseason game here on Wednesday was a can't miss event. For others, it was simply something they were curious about.
For everyone, however, the game marked a historic occurrence: the exhibition contest at Wells Fargo Arena between the Wild and St. Louis Blues was the first NHL game ever played in the state of Iowa. In all, 14,282 showed up, setting an arena record and witnessing one of the best-attended professional sporting events in Des Moines history.
Alex Weber drove the two hours from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to check out the game and said it was priority viewing.