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Die-Hard Wild Fans Prepare for Game 7 in Denver

Updated: 04/30/2014 6:30 PM
Created: 04/29/2014 8:50 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

Minnesota Wild fans are gearing up for Game 7 on Wednesday night in Denver.

St. Paul city officials want fans who are staying in Minnesota to head out to their favorite spot to enjoy the game as part of Visit Saint Paul’s Rock Saint Paul for Game 7 event.

The event begins at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the Wild’s mascot, Nordy, will make surprise stops around the city.

"I've never seen the fan base as excited as they are. Our crowds have never been bigger, it has never been louder in here when they score as it has been. It's almost deafening... Hopefully the Wild find a way to push off this and go to Chicago and give them a little run for their money," said Sam Bergstrom, General Manager of Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub.

The team hasn't played this many games in the playoffs since 2003, so die-hard Wild fans are more than ready to travel all the way to Denver to support their team.

Even Avalanche fans admitted they weren't as hard-core as Minnesotans who cheer for the Wild.

Andy Triplett, from Inver Grove Heights, has been a Wild season ticket holder since Season 1, Game 1. He's planning to be in Denver on Wednesday, just as he did in the 2002-2003 season. He drove to Denver for Games 2 and 4 against the Avalanche; he even saw Patrick Roy's last game.

He's hoping Roy, who is now the Avs coach, is on the losing end.

Triplett is wearing the same jersey he wore for Monday night's game; you can call him a little superstitious.

Then there's Brad Ratgen of Lino Lakes. He played hockey growing up in Minnesota and still goes to every state hockey tourney.

He took three of his six children to the game Monday night. He missed the last Game 7 in Denver in 2003 and wasn't going to miss this one.

Ratgen is gearing up to be an "unwelcomed visitor."

Get live score updates at KSTP.com here. The puck drops for Game 7 at 8:30 p.m.


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