Hockey key part of Minnesota culture

Updated: April 5, 2011, 6:44 PM ET
By Mike Cook | Special to ESPN.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- It is a workday in the smaller of the two Twin Cities, yet 17,000 people are filing into the Xcel Energy Center, many wearing hockey sweaters and the apparel of their favorite team.

Here at the home of the Minnesota Wild the colors most fans sport are not the red, white, yellow and green of the NHL team, but green and white, blue and white, black and red, blue and green, and orange and black.

On this Thursday, it's all about rooting for Edina, ...

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