North Stars Go Wild, If Just For One Day

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By Phil Hecken

Yesterday afternoon, as part of the festivities surrounding today’s Stadium Series outdoor game (at TCF Bank Stadium, in Minneapolis) between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks, fans were treated to an “Alumni Game” featuring former players from the Minnesota North Stars and Wild, and the Chicago Blackhawks. Even though the Minnesota North Stars franchise moved to Dallas following the 1993 season (has it really been over 20 years?), and the franchise that plays in Dallas bears no bloodline to the Minnesota Wild (who were founded in 1997, but didn’t begin play until 2000-01), the players making up the “Alumni” team were comprised of former players of both the Wild and the North Stars, and were wearing the uniforms of the North Stars (with a Wild patch on the shoulder). (Continue reading)

Panthers Give Jaromir Jagr a Frankenjersey Birthday Cake

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Jaromir Jagr turned 44 (!) yesterday, so the Panthers presented him with a jersey-themed birthday cake — half-Panthers and half-Czech Republic. Pretty cool of them to be willing to cut their own logo in half like that. (Continue reading)

Red Wings Unveil Joe Louis Arena Farewell Patch

This is shaping up as quite a week for NHL patches. First we had the 1967 expansion teams announcing their anniversary patches a few days ago, and now the Red Wings have announced that they’ll be wearing a Joe Louis Arena final-season patch for 2016-17 (further details here). (Continue reading)

Four NHL Teams Reveal Anniversary Logos

Lots of nostalgia around the NHL at the moment, because yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the NHL’s first wave of expansion, when the league awarded six new franchises to supplement the Original Six teams.

Those six expansion teams began play in 1967, and four of them — the Penguins, Flyers, Kings, and Blues — revealed anniversary logos yesterday in advance of what will likely be a series of big 50th-season promotions for the 2016-17 campaign. (Regarding the other two franchises: The North Stars are now the Stars, who did not release an anniversary logo yesterday, and the Seals, who later became the Barons, no longer exist.)

Notes, thoughts, etc.: (Continue reading)