We had such a great time taking the boys to the see the Minnesota Wild play at the Xcel Energy center last night. We got to St. Paul around 5:30 PM for the 7:00 game. Our 6 year old had a little too much smoothie from Caribou on our way so we spent a frantic first five minutes looking for a bathroom. Once we found one, let me tell you I’ve never seen that kid run so fast!
It turns out the Xcel doesn’t open their doors for the game until 5:45 so we waited to get in for a few minutes. Once we were in the boys immediately wanted to go see the ice. One of the security guards noticed how excited the kids were and asked if it was their first NHL game. We of course said yes and he told that we take them to guest services for a free puck to mark the occasion. How cool! Virtually no line at guest services and they were so nice.
We spent the rest of the game walking around, eating game food (“trickle fries”, fried pickles were awesome!) and taking pictures with the mascot, Nordy. We purchased tickets for this particular game through the boys’ youth hockey association so there were lots of kids they knew in our section. The boys had a blast chatting and cheering with their friends and team mates all night.
I only wish the Wild would have scored more! The Wild lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1. Oh well. Something tells me there will be more Wild games in our future.