NORM COLEMANGame 511 | April 10, 1997 | Norm Coleman
The Mayor of St. Paul brought Dunkers up to date on his city's efforts to convince the National Hockey League to award an expansion franchise to St. Paul. At a meeting of team owners 76 days later, Bob Naegele and his Minnesota Hockey Ventures group were given approval to begin play in St. Paul in the 2000-'01 season. Coleman talked of the need for a new facility as part of his city's promise to the NHL. The Xcel Energy Center hosted its first NHL game on Sept. 29, 2000.