Minnesota Wild Practice at Recently-Awarded Bloomington Ice Garden

October 29, 2017 06:16 PM

Just hours after taking down the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penquins, the Minnesota Wild took the ice in Bloomington to practice in front of their fans.

With the stands full, the Wild played for an hour before the Bloomington Ice Garden was officially awarded its $75,000 runner-up prize from the Kraft Hockeyville USA competition.

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More than 2,000 people packed the BIG's stands to watch the Wild skate. It was an incredible sight for 11-year-old Ullrich Scherer, who plays on the very same ice.

"It's amazing," Scherer said. "This is my first Wild practice and they're my favorite team, so I think it's a great experience to be here."

Thanks to pleas from passionate parents and players, the Bloomington Ice Garden edged out more than 1,300 rinks to take second place in Kraft's essay competition.

RELATED: Bloomington Ice Garden Makes Semifinals in Hockeyville Contest

Erling Ringquist, the president of the Bloomington Amateur Hockey Association, said the money will go toward a $1.6 Million renovation planned to begin in Spring of 2019. It will include a facelift for the entry, the locker rooms and much more.

"This is really going to help us gain momentum and really work with the city to make the project much bigger than what the $75,000 would do," Ringquist said.

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