“It’s fair to say that most the excitement regarding this weekend’s Stadium Series festivities surround the alumni game, not Sunday’s latest Wild-Blackhawks clash”.

So they wrote in the Star-Tribune in the run up to this weekend’s actvities in the Twin Cities.

“It’s more of celebration of the North Stars than the Wild,” said Andrew Brunette, himself a fromer Wild who scored seven goals and 13 points during the 2003 playoffs and scored the first round-clinching goal at Colorado in overtime of Game 7. “I grew up in the old Norris Division watching the Leafs play and I liked the North Stars. You loved the rivalry with them and the Blackhawks. You grew up watching them. And being a nerd hockey fan, I always remember those guys.”

The Minnesota squad will be a combination of old North Stars, who left Minnesota for Dallas in 1993, and Wild, who entered the NHL in 2000-2001.

North Stars on hand will include the likes of Dino Ciccarelli, Neal Broten,  Tom McCarthy, Bobby Smith,  Steve Payne, Willi Plett, Mike Modano and  Brian Bellows up front  with defensemen such as Brad Maxwell and Craig Hartsburg; Gilles Meloche and Don Beaupre will be in the cage.

In addition, to Brunette, the Wild alums will inlcude Jim Dowd, Darby Hendrickson, Richard Park, Brian Rolston, Brad Bombardir, and Wes Walz. 

Former North Stars Lou Nanne, and Tom Reid will be behind the bench as coaches.

On the Chicago Blackhawks alum side participants include Jermey Roenick, Denis Savard, Phil Russell, Garnt Nulvey and Cliff Koroll. Behind the bench as coaches will be Hall of Fame goaltender Tony Esposito and longtime broadcaster Pat Foley.

The game will be played at a new venue for hockey – the outdoors TCF Bank Stadium.

The Met Sports Center, home of the North Stars, was dewmolished in 1994. The sote is now occupied by the Mall of America.