Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul is the capital and second-most populous city of the U. S. state of Minnesota. As of 2017, the city's estimated population was 309,180. Saint Paul is the county seat of Ramsey County, the smallest and most densely populated county in Minnesota; the city lies on the east bank of the Mississippi River in the area surrounding its point of confluence with the Minnesota River, adjoins Minneapolis, the state's largest city. Known as the "Twin Cities", the two form the core of Minneapolis–Saint Paul, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.6 million residents. Founded near historic Native American settlements as a trading and transportation center, the city rose to prominence when it was named the capital of the Minnesota Territory in 1849; the Dakota name for Saint Paul is "Imnizaska". Though Minneapolis is better-known nationally, Saint Paul contains the state government and other important institutions. Regionally, the city is known for the Xcel Energy Center, home of the Minnesota Wild, for the Science Museum of Minnesota.
As a business hub of the Upper Midwest, it is the headquarters of companies such as Ecolab. Saint Paul, along with its twin city, Minneapolis, is known for its high literacy rate; the settlement began at present-day Lambert's Landing, but was known as Pig's Eye after Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant established a popular tavern there. When Lucien Galtier, the first Catholic pastor of the region, established the Log Chapel of Saint Paul, he made it known that the settlement was now to be called by that name, as "Saint Paul as applied to a town or city was well appropriated, this monosyllable is short, sounds good, it is understood by all Christian denominations". Burial mounds in present-day Indian Mounds Park suggest that the area was inhabited by the Hopewell Native Americans about two thousand years ago. From the early 17th century until 1837, the Mdewakanton Dakota, a tribe of the Sioux, lived near the mounds after fleeing their ancestral home of Mille Lacs Lake from advancing Ojibwe, they called the area I-mni-za ska dan for its exposed white sandstone cliffs.
In the Menominee language it is called Sāēnepān-Menīkān, which means "ribbon, silk or satin village", suggesting its role in trade throughout the region after the introduction of European goods. Following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, US Army officer Zebulon Pike negotiated 100,000 acres of land from the local Dakota tribes in 1805 to establish a fort; the negotiated territory was located on both banks of the Mississippi River, starting from Saint Anthony Falls in present-day Minneapolis, to its confluence with the Saint Croix River. Fort Snelling was built on the territory in 1819 at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, which formed a natural barrier to both Native American nations; the 1837 Treaty with the Sioux ceded all local tribal land east of the Mississippi to the U. S. Government. Taoyateduta moved his band at Kaposia across the river to the south. Fur traders and missionaries came to the area for the fort's protection. Many of the settlers were French-Canadians. However, as a whiskey trade flourished, military officers banned settlers from the fort-controlled lands.
Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant, a retired fur trader-turned-bootlegger who irritated officials, set up his tavern, the Pig's Eye, near present-day Lambert's Landing. By the early 1840s, the community had become important as a trading center and a destination for settlers heading west. Locals called Pig's Eye Landing after Parrant's popular tavern. In 1841, Father Lucien Galtier was sent to minister to the Catholic French Canadians and established a chapel, named for his favorite saint, Paul the Apostle, on the bluffs above Lambert's Landing. Galtier intended for the settlement to adopt the name Saint Paul in honor of the new chapel. In 1847, a New York educator named Harriet Bishop moved to the area and opened the city's first school; the Minnesota Territory was formalized in Saint Paul named as its capital. In 1857, the territorial legislature voted to move the capital to Saint Peter. However, Joe Rolette, a territorial legislator, stole the physical text of the approved bill and went into hiding, thus preventing the move.
On May 11, 1858, Minnesota was admitted to the union as the thirty-second state, with Saint Paul as the capital. That year, more than 1,000 steamboats were in service at Saint Paul, making the city a gateway for settlers to the Minnesota frontier or Dakota Territory. Natural geography was a primary reason; the area was the last accessible point to unload boats coming upriver due to the Mississippi River Valley's stone bluffs. During this period, Saint Paul was called "The Last City of the East." Industrialist James J. Hill constructed and expanded his network of railways into the Great Northern Railway and Northern Pacific Railway, which were headquartered in Saint Paul. Today they are collectively part of the BNSF Railway. On August 20, 1904, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes damaged hundreds of downtown buildings, causing USD $1.78 million in damages to the city and ripping spans from the High Bridge. In the 1960s, during urban renewal, Saint Paul razed western neighborhoods close to downtown.
The city contended with the creation of the interstate freeway system in a built landscape. From 1959 to 1961, the western Rondo Neighborhood was demolished by the construction of Interstate 94, which brought attention to racial segregation and unequal housing in northern cities; the annual
High school boys ice hockey in Minnesota
The Minnesota High School Boys Hockey program is a high school hockey program in the State of Minnesota. Based on tournament attendance, hockey is the most popular high school sport in the state. 256 schools and over 6,500 participants in total field sanctioned varsity teams competing in the Minnesota State High School League. These teams are divided into two classes, AA and A; each class is divided into eight sections. Attendance has been strong throughout the years, with 22 tournaments eclipsing the 100,000+ barrier, in 2015 a record-setting total of 135,618. In the 2006 State Tournament, the average attendance per game in the championship brackets was 18,000 people; the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament is the largest state sports tournament in terms of viewing and attendance, beating the Florida's State High School Football Tournament and Indiana's State High School Basketball Tournament. High school hockey players throughout Minnesota participate in a maximum of 25 contests, excluding the section tournaments and the Minnesota State Boys' High School Hockey Tournament.
Teams play three 17-minute periods to comprise a game. A lengthened period time was adopted by the Minnesota State High School League in 2003. Boys hockey concludes their season with a four-day tournament in March that features sixteen teams competing for championships in both classes. From 1945 through 1991 the tournament consisted of a single class, eight team tournament instead of the present day two class tournament. Private schools were not allowed to play in the Tournament until the 1974–75 season. In 1992 -- 93, the tournament was composed of Tier II teams; this two-year experiment sent the top teams from each of the eight sections to the Tier I portion of the tournament and the remaining teams conducted a playoff to determine who would be included in the Tier II tournament. In 1994, the dual class system was adopted and teams were placed into a class structure based on school enrollments. Since 1994, the MSHSL's process to determine section assignments for boys' hockey is based on school enrollments and activity classifications.
The basic premise is to place the largest 64 schools into Class AA and the remaining high schools in Class A. Both Classes are divided into 8 sections each. Teams are placed into their section assignments with geographic location as a primary consideration. High schools placed in Class A have the option to play at the Class AA level. Beginning with the 2007 state tournament, the top five teams in each class are seeded. Coaches of the participating schools vote to determine the seeded teams the Saturday before the state tournament; the four teams are bracketed so that if the seeded teams advance, the top seed plays the fourth seed while the second and third seeds play each other. The quarterfinal opponents of the seeded teams are determined by a blind draw. 1905 – Saint Paul Academy fields what is believed to be the oldest varsity team in the state 1930s – High school hockey played at 25 schools in Minnesota. 1945 – First MSHSL Boys State High School Hockey Tournament held at St. Paul Auditorium.
1949–1964 – Prep. School Hockey Tournament 1965–1970 – Catholic School Hockey Tournament 1969 – The tournament moves to Met Center in Bloomington, home of the Minnesota North Stars NHL team. 1970–1974 – Independent School Hockey Tournament 1974–Present public schools and private schools can play in the same tournament 1976 – The tournament moves to the St. Paul Civic Center. 1992 – Tier I and Tier II structure adopted. 1994 – Class AA and A structure adopted. 1999 – The tournament moved to the Target Center in Minneapolis. 2001 – The tournament moved to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, home of the new Minnesota Wild NHL team. 2003 – Period length changed from 15 to 17 minutes. 2007 – Coaches seed top four teams in each class. 2008 – 19,559 fans attended the 2008 State Boys' Hockey Tournament Class AA semifinals at Xcel Energy Center, March 7, setting a new record for the largest crowd to attend a hockey game in the state of Minnesota. 2015 – 21,609 fans attended the 2015 State Boys' Hockey Tournament Class AA semifinals at Xcel Energy Center, March 6, setting a new record for the largest crowd to attend a hockey game in the state of Minnesota.
2016 – 22,244 fans attended the 2016 State Boys' Hockey Tournament Class AA semifinals at Xcel Energy Center, March 4, setting a new record for the largest crowd to attend a hockey game in the state of Minnesota. Wendell Anderson former Governor of Minnesota and United States Senator. Olympic Silver Medalist in 1956. Mike Antonovich former professional NHL player for the Minnesota North Stars, Hartford Whalers, New Jersey Devils. Mayor of Coleraine, Minnesota. David Backes professional NHL player for the Saint Louis Blues and Boston Bruins. Two-time Olympian and Silver medalist in 2010. Bill Baker former professional NHL player for the Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Rockies, Saint Louis Blues, New York Rangers. Olympic Gold Medalist in 1980. Nick Bjugstad professional NHL player for the Florida Panthers. Nephew of Scott Bjugstad. Scott Bjugstad former professional NHL player for the Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings. One time Olympian in 1984. Uncle of Nick Bjugstad. Brandon Bochenski professional NHL and KHL player for the Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Barys Astana.
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Beanpot (ice hockey)
The Beanpot is an ice hockey tournament among the four major college hockey schools of the Boston, Massachusetts area, held annually since the 1952–53 season. The tournament gives the winner bragging rights over its cross-town rivals, the quest for this sought-after trophy is contested in front of fanatic crowds from all four schools in annual sellouts; the competitors are: Boston University Terriers Boston College Eagles Harvard University Crimson Northeastern University Huskies The tournament lasts two rounds, with first-round opponents being rotated from year to year. The second round features the championship game. In addition to the tournament trophy, two individual awards are given out each year; the Eberly Trophy goes to the goaltender with the highest save percentage who plays in both of his team's games, while the Beanpot MVP is awarded to tournament's most valuable player. The first Beanpot was contested at Boston Arena in December 1952. No tournament was played during the 1953 calendar year.
The next two tournaments were held in January. All subsequent Beanpot games have been played in February; the second through 43rd Beanpots were held at the old Boston Garden. Since 1996, the Beanpot has been held at the Garden's replacement called the TD Garden; the competition takes place on the first and second Mondays in February and draws one of the largest crowds of the college hockey season outside of the Frozen Four. The 1978 Beanpot has taken a mythic place in Boston sports lore, as several hundred fans were stuck in the Garden for several days after the Blizzard of 1978 dumped more than two feet of snow during the night of the first-round games; the championship and consolation games were moved to Wednesday, March 1. Every championship game to date has featured either Boston College or Boston University, or both—Harvard and Northeastern have never met in the Beanpot final. Boston College controlled the early years of the Beanpot, winning eight titles in the first thirteen tournaments, with Harvard taking four and BU just one.
Between 1966 and 2009, the Boston University Terriers dominated the Beanpot, winning 28 out of 43 titles, prompting fans to nickname the contest the "BU Invitational". An apt name, as BU has made it to the title game 53 of 66 years, only missing 13 times. However, in recent years, the balance of power has again tipped towards the Eagles of Boston College, who have won six titles in seven years between 2010–2016. In that stretch, BC won five consecutive titles from 2010-2014, losing out in the first round in 2015, regaining the title most in 2016; the beginning of BU's Beanpot dominance was the first year on the ice for Jack Parker. Parker won titles in each of the three years he played for the Terriers, after taking over as head coach in 1973–74, Parker won 21 more championships. Northeastern, the only Beanpot team that has never won an NCAA hockey title, failed to win a Beanpot until 1980, when an overtime goal by Wayne Turner against Boston College gave the Huskies a win. Turner's wrist shot has been called the most important goal in Northeastern history, is considered the marquee sporting moment for the university.
It is known as the "Shot Heard Round the Beanpot". Northeastern won three more titles in the 1980s, but failed to capture the Beanpot for 30 years until breaking their streak in 2018; the Huskies came close to winning their fifth title in 2005 when they rallied from a 2–0 goal deficit to tie BU, but fell in overtime when Chris Bourque—son of former Boston Bruin Ray Bourque—scored the winning goal. They have made it to championship game six times in the past nine years but fell to Boston College in 2011, 2013, 2014 and to Boston University in 2015; the 2015 installment saw another close Northeastern loss, coming back from a 3–1 deficit in the 3rd to force overtime, but were defeated only 51 seconds into the extra period off a power play goal by Matt Grzelcyk. Northeastern won their drought-breaking championship in 2018 with a dominating 5–2 victory over BU, in a rare year where the Huskies were the strongest team in the field, having come into the tournament ranked highest in the pairwise over the other three Beanpot schools.
This would be the case again in 2019, where Northeastern again won the championship with a 4-2 victory over BC. Harvard shared some success with Boston College in the early years of the tournament, winning four titles in the first 10 years, as well as making the title game each of the first four tournaments and winning the first title game. However, they have only seen sporadic success since, winning 11 titles in the 65 years of the tournament, most capturing their first title since 1993 in 2017, they had only made the title game three times in between, in 1994, 1998, 2008. It should be noted that none of the four competing teams have won the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship without first winning the Beanpot trophy that season. With the exception of the 1949 Boston College Eagles, all five Boston University NCAA championships, Boston College's four other NCAA championships, Harvard's sole 1989 NCAA championship, were all accompanied by a victory in the Beanpot title game. Northeastern has not yet won an NCAA championship.
This phenomenon has led fans of the Beanpot
In ice hockey, the goaltender or goalie or goalkeeper is the player responsible for preventing the hockey puck from entering their team's net, thus preventing the opposing team from scoring. The goaltender plays in or near the area in front of the net called the goal crease. Goaltenders tend to stay beyond the top of the crease to cut down on the angle of shots. In today's age of goaltending there are two common styles and hybrid; because of the power of shots, the goaltender wears special equipment designed to protect the body from direct impact. The goalie is one of the most valuable players on the ice, as their performance can change the outcome or score of the game. One-on-one situations, such as breakaways and shootouts, have the tendency to highlight a goaltender's pure skill, or lack thereof. No more than one goaltender is allowed to be on the ice for each team at any given time. Teams are not required to use a goaltender and may instead opt to play with an additional skater, but the defensive disadvantage this poses means that the strategy is only used as a desperation maneuver when trailing late in a game or can be used if the opposing team has a delayed penalty.
The goaltender is known as the goalie, goalkeeper, net minder, tender by those involved in the hockey community. In the early days of the sport, the term was spelled with a hyphen as goal-tender; the art of playing the position is called goaltending and there are coaches called the goalie coach who specialize in working with goaltenders. The variation goalie is used for items associated with the position, such as goalie stick and goalie pads. Goaltending is a specialized position in ice hockey. At minor levels and recreational games, goaltenders do switch with others players that have been taught goaltending. A typical ice hockey team may have three goaltenders on its roster. Most teams have a starting goaltender who plays the majority of the regular season games and all of the playoffs, with the backup goaltender only stepping in if the starter is pulled or injured, or in cases where the schedule is too heavy for one goaltender to play every game; the NHL requires. The list provides goaltender options for visiting teams.
These goaltenders are to be called to a game if a team does not have two goaltenders to start the game. An "emergency" goaltender may be called if both roster goaltenders are injured in the same game; some teams have used a goaltender tandem where two goaltenders split the regular season playing duties, though one of them is considered the number one goaltender who gets the start in the playoffs. An example is the 1982-83 New York Islanders with Roland Melanson. Another instance is Grant Fuhr. In an unusual case the 1996-97 Philadelphia Flyers' Ron Hextall and Garth Snow alternated in the playoffs; the goaltender has training that other players do not. He wears special goaltending equipment, different from that worn by other players and is subject to specific regulations. Goaltenders may use any part of their bodies to block shots; the goaltender may hold the puck with his hands to cause a stoppage of play. If a player from the other team hits the goaltender without making an attempt to get out of his way, the offending player may be penalized.
In some leagues, if a goaltender's stick breaks, he can continue playing with a broken stick until the play is stopped, unlike other players who must drop any broken sticks immediately. Additionally, if a goaltender acts in such a way that would cause a normal player to be given a penalty, such as slashing or tripping another player, the goaltender cannot be sent to the penalty box. Instead, one of the goaltender's teammates, on the ice at the time of the infraction is sent to the penalty box in his place. However, the goaltender does receive the penalty minutes on the scoresheet. If the goaltender receives a Game Misconduct or Match penalty, he is removed from the ice and a replacement goaltender is played; the goaltender plays in or near the goal crease the entire game, unlike the other positions where players are on ice for shifts and make line changes. However, goaltenders are pulled if they have allowed several goals in a short period of time, whether they were at fault for the surrendered goals or not, a substituted goaltender does not return for the rest of the game.
In 1995, Patrick Roy was famously kept in net by the head coach as "humiliation" despite allowing nine goals
Minnesota is a state in the Upper Midwest and northern regions of the United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U. S. state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory. The state has a large number of lakes, is known by the slogan the "Land of 10,000 Lakes", its official motto is L'Étoile du Nord. Minnesota is the 12th largest in area and the 22nd most populous of the U. S. states. This area is the center of transportation, industry and government, while being home to an internationally known arts community; the remainder of the state consists of western prairies now given over to intensive agriculture. Minnesota was inhabited by various indigenous peoples for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Europeans. French explorers and fur traders began exploring the region in the 17th century, encountering the Dakota and Ojibwe/Anishinaabe tribes. Much of what is today Minnesota was part of the vast French holding of Louisiana, purchased by the United States in 1803.
Following several territorial reorganizations, Minnesota in its current form was admitted as the country's 32nd state on May 11, 1858. Like many Midwestern states, it remained centered on lumber and agriculture. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, a large number of European immigrants from Scandinavia and Germany, began to settle the state, which remains a center of Scandinavian American and German American culture. In recent decades, immigration from Asia, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, Latin America has broadened its demographic and cultural composition; the state's economy has diversified, shifting from traditional activities such as agriculture and resource extraction to services and finance. Minnesota's standard of living index is among the highest in the United States, the state is among the best-educated and wealthiest in the nation; the word Minnesota comes from the Dakota name for the Minnesota River: The river got its name from one of two words in the Dakota language,'Mní sóta' which means "clear blue water", or'Mnißota', which means cloudy water.
Native Americans demonstrated the name to early settlers by dropping milk into water and calling it mnisota. Many places in the state have similar names, such as Minnehaha Falls, Minneota, Minnetonka and Minneapolis, a combination of mni and polis, the Greek word for "city". Minnesota is the second northernmost U. S. state and northernmost contiguous state. Its isolated Northwest Angle in Lake of the Woods county is the only part of the 48 contiguous states lying north of the 49th parallel; the state is part of the U. S. region known as part of North America's Great Lakes Region. It shares a Lake Superior water border with Michigan and a land and water border with Wisconsin to the east. Iowa is to the south, North Dakota and South Dakota are to the west, the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba are to the north. With 86,943 square miles, or 2.25% of the United States, Minnesota is the 12th-largest state. Minnesota has gneisses that are about 3.6 billion years old. About 2.7 billion years ago, basaltic lava poured out of cracks in the floor of the primordial ocean.
The roots of these volcanic mountains and the action of Precambrian seas formed the Iron Range of northern Minnesota. Following a period of volcanism 1.1 billion years ago, Minnesota's geological activity has been more subdued, with no volcanism or mountain formation, but with repeated incursions of the sea, which left behind multiple strata of sedimentary rock. In more recent times, massive ice sheets at least one kilometer thick ravaged the state's landscape and sculpted its terrain; the Wisconsin glaciation left 12,000 years ago. These glaciers covered all of Minnesota except the far southeast, an area characterized by steep hills and streams that cut into the bedrock; this area is known as the Driftless Zone for its absence of glacial drift. Much of the remainder of the state outside the northeast has 50 feet or more of glacial till left behind as the last glaciers retreated. Gigantic Lake Agassiz formed in the northwest 13,000 years ago, its bed created the fertile Red River valley, its outflow, glacial River Warren, carved the valley of the Minnesota River and the Upper Mississippi downstream from Fort Snelling.
Minnesota is geologically quiet today. The state's high point is Eagle Mountain at 2,301 feet, only 13 miles away from the low of 601 feet at the shore of Lake Superior. Notwithstanding dramatic local differences in elevation, much of the state is a rolling peneplain. Two major drainage divides meet in Minnesota's northeast in rural Hibbing, forming a triple watershed. Precipitation can follow the Mississippi River south to the Gulf of Mexico, the Saint Lawrence Seaway east to the Atlantic Ocean, or the Hudson Bay watershed to the Arctic Ocean; the state's nickname, "Land of 10,000 Lakes", is apt, as there are 11,842 Minnesota lakes over 10 acres in size. Minnesota's portion of Lake Superior is the largest at 962,700 acres and deepest body of wate
Ramsey is a suburb 22 miles NNW of downtown Minneapolis in Anoka County, United States. The population was 23,668 at the 2010 census, it is a northwest suburb of the Twin Cities. U. S. Highways 10 / 169 and State Highway 47 are two of the main routes, a station on the Northstar Commuter Rail line to downtown Minneapolis is located in Ramsey. Ramsey was named for Alexander Ramsey, first Territorial Governor of Minnesota. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.79 square miles, of which, 28.81 square miles is land and 0.98 square miles is water. Ramsey borders the cities of Andover, Nowthen, Oak Grove and Elk River; as of the census of 2010, there were 23,668 people, 8,033 households, 6,484 families residing in the city. The population density was 821.5 inhabitants per square mile. There were 8,302 housing units at an average density of 288.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 91.8% White, 2.8% African American, 0.4% Native American, 2.4% Asian, 0.8% from other races, 1.7% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population. There were 8,033 households of which 43.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.6% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, 19.3% were non-families. 13.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.24. The median age in the city was 34.9 years. 28.7% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 50.3% male and 49.7% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 18,510 people, 5,906 households, 5,102 families residing in the city; the population density was 642.9 people per square mile. There were 5,946 housing units at an average density of 206.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 96.80% White, 0.31% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.01% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, 1.15% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population. There were 5,906 households out of which 49.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.8% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 13.6% were non-families. 8.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.13 and the average family size was 3.33. In the city, the population was spread out with 32.1% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 35.5% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, 2.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.9 males. The median income for a household in the city was $68,988, the median income for a family was $70,926. Males had a median income of $43,898 versus $31,212 for females; the per capita income for the city was $26,057. About 1.3% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
The mayor of Ramsey is John LeTourneau. Media related to Ramsey, Minnesota at Wikimedia Commons Ramsey - City Website
Xcel Energy Center
The Xcel Energy Center is a multi-purpose arena, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is named for its locally based corporate sponsor Xcel Energy. With an official capacity of 17,954, the arena has four spectator levels: one suite level and three general seating levels; the building is home to the NHL's Minnesota Wild and is the former home of the NLL's Minnesota Swarm. The arena is owned by the city of Saint Paul and operated by the Wild's parent company, Minnesota Sports & Entertainment, it is on the same block as the RiverCentre convention facility, Roy Wilkins Auditorium and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, in downtown St. Paul, it served as official home to the 2008 Republican National Convention. The arena opened on September 29, 2000, it was built on the site of the demolished St. Paul Civic Center; the push for a new arena in Saint Paul grew after the National Hockey League's Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas. Saint Paul unsuccessfully courted the NHL's Hartford Whalers and Winnipeg Jets under Mayor Norm Coleman, but the Civic Center was an obstacle to both deals.
In order to get an NHL expansion team, Saint Paul needed to build a new arena. After several failed attempts to get funding, the project was funded by the state in April 1998; the state gave Saint Paul a no interest loan for $65 million of the $130 million project, though the state forgave $17 million of that loan in exchange for high school sports championships played at the arena. The Minnesota Wild played their first game at the arena on October 11, 2000, against the Philadelphia Flyers; the game ended in a 3-3 tie. Peter White scored the first goal in the arena while Darby Hendrickson scored the first goal for the Wild; the Wild's first win at the arena came on October 18, 2000, where they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5. It wasn't until April 2003, when the Wild played in their first playoff game at the arena. In that game, the Wild suffered a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. A week on April 21, 2003, the Wild won their first playoff game 3-2 on an overtime game-winner by Richard Park.
In 2004, it was named by ESPN as the best overall sports venue in the U. S; the 10 millionth person passed through the gates on July 3, 2007. The Twin Cities were selected as the hosting metropolis for the 2008 Republican National Convention on September 27, 2006 and the arena was chosen as the main venue; the Republican National Convention was held here on September 1–4. In 2010, a Minnesota Wild game at the'X' was listed as the third best stadium experience in North America, according to the ESPN Magazine. First on the list went to the Minnesota Target Field. On April 26, 2015, the Wild won their first playoff series at the arena, defeating the St. Louis Blues 4-1 in game six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals; the arena played host to the politically motivated Vote for Change Tour on October 5, 2004, featuring performances by Bright Eyes, R. E. M. and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. The Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA used the Xcel Energy Center during the 2016 WNBA Playoffs, played a full season in the arena in 2017, as their home arena, Minneapolis' Target Center, was going through renovations.
The concourse areas contain a hockey jersey from every high school in Minnesota hanging on the wall, reflecting the "State of Hockey." Surrounding the arena at all four corners are "crows nests." One is played during Wild games. The second nest features a lighthouse which houses a foghorn, blasted when the team takes the ice before games, for all Wild goals, after a victory; the third is used for the "Let's play hockey!" Announcement before puck drop each game, along with game ops interviews and fan contests. The fourth provides an additional stage for various uses. Prior to its opening, the arena installed an integrated scoring, video and advertising display system from Daktronics, based in Brookings, South Dakota; the system includes a large LED circular, center-hung scoreboard with multiple displays, nearly 1,100 feet of ribbon display technology mounted on the fascia and large video displays outside the facility. The center ice display was replaced during the summer of 2014. An array of 10 LED screens with the largest measuring 37.5 feet wide by 19 feet high.
In the Summer of 2015 the arena began replacing every seat in the building with cushioned seating. This project was finished by early 2016. March 6, 2015: 21,609 fans attended the 2015 State Boys' Hockey Tournament Class AA semifinals at Xcel Energy Center, setting a new record for the largest crowd to attend an indoor hockey game in the state of Minnesota. March 9, 2012: The Minnesota State High School League Boys' hockey tournament again set a new attendance record during the 2012 AA semifinal session. Hill-Murray and Moorhead played in the first game followed by Benilde St-Margaret's and Lakeville South in front of a crowd of 19,893. March 8, 2008: The Minnesota State High School League Boys' hockey tournament set a new attendance record during the AA semifinal session. Edina and Benilde-St. Margaret's played in the first game followed by Roseau and Hill-Murray in front of a crowd of 19,559. February 8, 2004: The NHL All-Star Game set a record for attendance at a hockey game in Minnesota at 19,434.
The record attendance for a Wild game was set May 6, 2014 against the Chicago Blackhawks. On October 28, 2003, Shania Twain set the arena's single-night concert attendance record of 20,554. On March 17, 2007, 19,463 spectators watched the final game of the WCHA Final Five tournament, the largest crowd for an indoor United States college ice hockey game (i.e. not including games held in football stadiums such a