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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.”

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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?”