Amid all the attention given to the Minnesota Vikings and their resurgent run for the NFL playoffs, the casual sports fan might be forgiven for losing track of the success of the Minnesota Wild pro hockey team this season. They won two games over the weekend and are on top of their division.
The seven-year-old team has helped put St. Paul back on the hockey map. This month Sports Illustrated named St. Paul the real "Hockeytown USA."
The city reclaims the title from Detroit, which the magazine says is suffering from a lack of interest in their hometown team, the Red Wings.
Ross Bernstein is author of a number of books about hockey in Minnesota, including an exhaustive history of the sport called "More Frozen Memories: Celebrating a Century of Minnesota Hockey."
MPR's Tom Crann talked with Bernstein about the history of hockey in Minnesota.