St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is joining the mayors of other NHL cities in a plea to end the lockout
Thursday, Oct. 11 was supposed to mark the start of the 2012 NHL season, but with no imminent lockout resolution the league canceled the first two weeks of games. The NHL's early cancellations erased five Minnesota Wild games from the schedule.
Mayor Coleman with be at the Eagle Street Grille across the street from Xcel Energy Center from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday.
The Wild ticket office has offered to pay its season ticket holders interest as an incentive to keep money in their accounts during the NHL lockout. Once a deal is reached and the lockout is lifted, the Wild will credit season ticket holders for any missed games, plus 10 percent interest on the dollar value of tickets for those games. That credit can be applied toward future games, playoffs or season ticket renewals.
Wild fans are counting on a quick resolution to the NHL lockout, with enthusiasm at its peak in the State of Hockey after the major acquisitions of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in free agency.
The Wild's first home game is now scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27 against the Florida Panthers. The team's first game under the trimmed schedule will be Oct. 26 in Columbus ( 6 p.m. FSN) unless the NHL cancels more games.
While the NHL and its players now agree on what qualifies as hockey-related revenue, they still haven't figured out how to split the $3.3 billion the sport generates.
This is the second NHL lockout in eight years. The last one canceled the entire 2004-05 season.