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The Minnesota Wild were founded as an expansion franchise on June 25, 1997, but did not start play until the 2000–01 season. The new team was the first in Minnesota following the Minnesota North Stars’ relocation to Dallas in 1993. The Wild struggled early on with only three playoff appearances in their first 11 seasons. However, the 2012-13 season started a stretch of success that resulted in nine playoff trips in their next 10 seasons. Despite that success, though, they have only made it past the second round once in franchise history. 

Wild Grade Reports 2023-24: Jake Middleton

While the Stanley Cup is just one win away from being awarded, the Minnesota Wild are still working through their offseason report cards. Over half of the defensemen have received their grades, and now it’s time for Jake “Middsy” Middleton. He has one of the best personalities on the team, but that doesn’t factor into the grading unless it concerns leadership.  The Wild struggled this season, but Middleton put up his best career numbers both offensively and defensively. He’s among the few players whose grades will likely be higher due to these numbers. When Jared Spurgeon and Jonas Brodin went…

Wild Report Cards 2023-24: Zach Bogosian

The offseason continues to move day by day for the Minnesota Wild, and while they’ve been relatively quiet other than the firing of Darby Hendrickson, it’s time for another report card. We’re still moving through the defensemen; this time, the grade is for Zach Bogosian. He joined the Wild last November in a trade, and while he wasn’t a star for them, he made an impact.  Bogosian had a very up-and-down season, just like the Wild. We’ll examine a rough part of his game, a good part of his game, and then his overall grade. We’ll start with the bad…

Wild Report Cards 2023-24: Declan Chisholm

It’s time for another Minnesota Wild season report card and after writing up the bottom two defensemen recently, it’s time for another defenseman, who was in and out of the lineup but not because of poor play. Declan Chisholm was picked up off of waivers from the Winnipeg Jets at the end of January.  The Wild saw an opportunity and jumped at it, and they didn’t regret it when Chisholm added points and blocks to their roster. He played 29 games for the Wild and would’ve played more had they brought him in at the start of the season. When…

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What year were the Minnesota Wild founded?

The Minnesota Wild were founded as an expansion franchise on June 25, 1997, but did not start play until the 2000–01 season. 

When did the Minnesota Wild play their first game?

The Wild played their first game on Oct. 6, 2000, against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, which they lost 3-1.

Who is the current head coach of the Minnesota Wild?

John Hynes is the current head coach for the Minnesota Wild.