Bob Naegele, who brought NHL back to Minnesota, dead at 78

He "righted the wrong" after North Stars left for Dallas

Adam Carter
November 08, 2018 - 4:28 pm

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Sorrow in the State of Hockey.

Word Thursday of the death of Bob Naegele Jr., the founding owner of the Minnesota Wild.  Naegele died of complications from cancer at the age of 78.

In the late 1990's, Naegele teamed with then-St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman and then-Governor Arne Carlson to return the NHL to Minnesota.

Wild team president Matt Majka says Naegle helped "right a wrong" when the North Stars moved to Dallas in 1993.

"It means so much to have hockey back, and the impact Bob made, and the Naegele family made in committing to this and bringing our sport back to us again, it's going to leave a legacy that we're all going to be grateful for for a long time."

Naegele sold the Wild to Craig Leipold in 2008.

"A piece of (Naegele's) heart and soul will remain forever as a part of the Wild," Leipold said. 

The Minnesota Wild say they will honor Naegele with a moment of silence prior to its next home game on Nov. 13 against the Washington Capitals. The Wild will also wear a patch with the initials BN on their jerseys for the remainder of this season.