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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Wild will open training camp in Grand Forks

From Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL)club will open its 2008 training camp presented by Wells Fargo at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. on Saturday, Sept. 20.

“The Wild has had a great relationship with the hockey fans of the greater Grand Forks area for many years and has enjoyed great success in NHL preseason games there,” said Tom Lynn, Assistant General Manager/Hockey Operations. “Ralph Engelstad Arena is one of the finest hockey facilities in the world, and outside of our home in the Twin Cities, we could not imagine a better venue for starting our training camp in 2008.”

Read the entire post from Russo's Rants here.

Good choice by the Wild. Aside from its name (Engelstad was a Nazi supporter) the Ralph Engelstad Arena is one of the nicest hockey complexes in North America. Additionally, North Dakotans really appreciate good hockey, so this is a smart decision by the organization.

Side note: I was actually at the Wild/Sabres exhibition game in Grand Forks last year and it was there where I was asked this hilarious questions by Brian Campbell, "Brisket? Do you know what Brisket is?"

Ballhype: hype it up!


kanadienkyle said...

How have you neglected to tell the Bruce Southern story?

stickboy1956 said...

Nazi supporter?

Choose your words carefully. He did have some of Hitler's cars in his collection in Las Vegas - I believe there were over 100 autos in the collection. He also had a controversial Nazi theme party at his hotel. Bad judgement? Probably. Nazi "supporter?" I don't think so. I think of a Nazi "supporter" as disputing the Holocaust, making favorable comments about Hitler, etc. I don't recall Englestad involved in any behavior like this.

Richard Pollock said...

"He also had a controversial Nazi theme party at his hotel. Bad judgement?"

That isn't enough for you?

I mean, it is a theme party for the Nazis? They only killed 10 million people.

kanadienkyle said...

It seems that when discussing the Nazis, its best to err on the side of caution. Any semblance of an affinity for the regime is not likely to be construed positively, regardless of the motives behind it.

Andrew M said...

If it looks like a duck, and walks like a duck, it's probably a duck.

Mr. Engelstad also demanded that as a condition of his donating money for the building of the new arena at UND, that the old, racially insensitive, logo of the Fighting Sioux be re-instated. When certain UND administration objected to this demand, Mr. Engelstad vindictively canceled an additional planned donation to the general UND community, instead pumping even more dollars into the arena that bares his name, making it one of, if not the most opulent arena in existence today.

I don't think Richard was too far off when referring to Mr. Engelstad as a Nazi-sympathizer, or worse. For further proof bare witness to the fact that his Imperial Palace hotel in Las Vegas holds the largest collection of Nazi memorabilia anywhere in the world.