Found July 12, 2012 on State of Hockey News:
Its a scorching hot summer day in the middle of July, where do you think you'd find most Wild fans?  Out on the lake?  Sitting in their cool air conditioned home?  How about packing the Xcel Energy Center to watch a scrimmage of the Wild's future prospects?  That's what 6,500 Wild fans did tonight.  Just to put in perspective, the Minnesota Golden Gopher football team had a scant 1,500 fans for their Spring game this season.  They chose the nice air conditioned confines of the Xcel Energy Center to watch the Wild's future stars shine, and they were treated to a wonderful show.  Honestly, its not until October until the first drop of the puck for the Wild's 2012-13 season (providing CBA negotiations go well, knock on wood) but fans wanted to watch these kids play.  Nate Wells of tweeted that tonight's big attendance for a prospect scrimmage was an example of the "Parise effect" and I have a feeling we'll hear more of th...

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