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Minnesota Wild Team History

Updated September 2017. The North Stars departed Minnesota in 1993, leaving “The State of Hockey” without a professional team. After campaigns to acquire a current or new franchise, St. Paul was awarded an NHL expansion
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Nashville Predators Team History

Updated September 2017. Wisconsin businessman Craig Leipold made a proposal to the NHL to bring the league to Nashville. It was granted in June 1997 and play began in 1998-99. The logo, which was a
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NHL 2012 – Mar 26 – Center Steven Stamkos (#91) listens to Right Winger Martin St. Louis (#26) of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning Team History

Updated September 2017. The Tampa Bay Lightning came into the NHL in 1992-93.  President and general manager Phil Esposito selected the name based on Tampa’s reputation as the lightning capital of the country. The team
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