The rumor has been floating around the NHL for several weeks and now it is a fact.
Former Nashville Predators owners Craig Leipold is the new owner of the Minnesota Wild, also a Western Conference team that was part of the last round of expansion.
The announcement was made by Minnesota Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the Wild. The price was not disclosed.
Leipold sold the Predators to a local group of investors for $193 million. Leipold’s purchase of the Wild is still subject to league approval.
“I love the sport of hockey and am very excited to continue the tradition of Wild hockey here in Minnesota – the State of Hockey,” said Leipold at the press conference announcing the sale. “I have admired Bob Naegele and the entire Wild organization since the first puck dropped in 2000. It is a true privilege to become part of the organization and the hockey community in Minnesota. I want to thank Bob for this unique opportunity, and I am pleased that he will consider continuing as my partner in the organization.”
The Wild has sold out every home game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.