Why Does the NHL Hate Minnesota?

NHL Wild

Can somebody explain to me why does the NHL hate Minnesota so much? Do they dislike the Minnesota Wild logo? Did Nordy not wave at someone’s kid? Is everyone at the NHL staunch Starbucks people? While I’ll assume most of the schedule makers do in fact call it a casserole, I’ll also assume they hate us.

Tonight is another 9:30 pm start time for the Wild in the playoffs. Yes, the game is in Las Vegas and I understand when the Wild are playing on the west coast that the game is going to start late. The two-hour time difference sucks but it’s fair. However, for YEARS now, even when the games are in Minnesota, we get bent over on our start time.

Didn’t you hear? 9:30pm is the new 7:00pm no matter where you live!

2013, Blackhawks versus Wild? 9:30 pm. 2014 versus Colorado? Yup, 9:30 pm… on a freaking Wednesday. 2015? Yeah, 9:30 pm games then as well. 2016 versus the Stars? 9:30 pm. 2017? You bet your ass we played at 9:30 pm. And this year I’m pretty sure there’s a game against the Golden Knights that they’re going to start shortly after Cowboy Jack’s yells for the last call.

The NHL had to love that upon finally pity-gifting Minnesota with a Winter Classic, they got to cancel it.

Is every schedule maker in the NHL related to Norm Green? Do they hate state fairs, meat raffles, and stay seated if you call them a gray duck?

Or do they know that they don’t have to cater to our schedule needs because we’re too passive-aggressive to do anything about it? We’ll still be screaming BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! No matter how tired we are? Or is it because they think we suck? I feel like Bruins fans would burn the NHL offices to the ground if they were treated the way the Minnesota Wild fans have been.

Stop doing this to us, NHL. I’m sorry if your car once got lost in the Mall of America parking lot or somebody pissed in your Wheaties. We’re the State of Hockey. Sure, we have zero Stanley Cups and even with 75 percent of the Frozen Four field being from Minnesota, we didn’t bring home the title this year. But I don’t care. Show us some god damned respect and give us some normal start times for a change. I’m sick of waking up after our hockey games and feeling like Flossie Dickey. I am tired.

Does the NHL hate Minnesota? Probably. But hey, at least the Wild aren’t having the same problem as the Minnesota Twins.