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An education in the Minnesota Wild

Updated: December 6, 2011, 9:06 PM ET
By John Buccigross | ESPN.com

The following are facts (or my view as facts).

There are many passionate pockets of hockey, but Minnesota is the heart of hockey in the United States.

Not only does the state of Minnesota have the No. 1-ranked college hockey team in the country in Minnesota-Duluth, it also has the No. 2-ranked team in the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

The fact that Minnesota, of all places, has not hosted a Winter Classic game is beyond comprehension. Outdoor hockey (pond hockey) in ...

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