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REGRETS, WE'VE HAD A FEW: BETTMAN APOLOGIZES FOR LEAVING MN
Published June 24, 1998
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman attended groundbreaking for the $130M St. Paul arena which will house the expansion NHL Wild, according to Curt Brown of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Bettman "apologized" to the fans, saying that the NHL "never should have left Minnesota five years ago and promising it will thrive in St. Paul in the next century." Bettman: "We are thrilled to be back here once again, and we're sorry we ever left." After the ceremony, Bettman said that he "has no doubts the Wild will succeed," even though St. Paul has never had a major league sports franchise. Bettman: "Based on my understanding of the demographics of how the Twin Cities metropolis is expanding, this is actually the right place to be" (STAR TRIBUNE, 6/24). FAME COMES QUICKLY: Discussions between Wild officials and U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame officials "are pointing to development of a satellite hall of fame exhibit" at the Wild's new arena. Wild VP/Communications & Broadcasting Bill Robertson said that the team has "had preliminary talks" with the hall of fame (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 6/24).