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This pick was the most obvious, Minnesota's nickname, "The State of Hockey," makes it a clear favorite for the top hockey state in the U.S. Fans were thrilled beyond belief when the Minnesota Wild entered the league in 2000. Fans were distraught when the Minnesota North Stars re-located to Texas.
Besides the Wild, Minnesota is a very hockey-oriented state when it comes to college, high school and grassroots organizations. There are also many players in the NHL who were born in the state.
One is Zach Parise, captain of the New Jersey Devils.
All in all, the state of Minnesota is really great for the NHL in the United States.
Tom Urtz is an NHL featured columnist.
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