The Minnesota Wild are a National Hockey League (NHL) team that began play in 2000. The Wild play their home games at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. The Wild have made the NHL Playoffs in 12 of their 21 seasons, but have not appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals. In the 2002–03 season, the team made its first Stanley Cup playoffs appearance, making a surprising run to the Western Conference Finals. Notable players include Niklas Backstrom, Andrew Brunette, Brent Burns, Devan Dubnyk, Matt Dumba, Marc-Andre Fleury, Marian Gaborik, Kirill Kaprizov, Mikko Koivu, Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise, Brian Rolston, Eric Staal, Ryan Suter, Wes Walz and Jason Zucker.
The Minnesota North Stars were an NHL team that was part of the 1967 NHL Expansion and played their home games at Met Center in Bloomington. They appeared in the 1981 and 1991 Stanley Cup Finals, but did not win either one of them. In 1993, the North Stars moved to Dallas, where they became the Dallas Stars. Notable players include Neal Broten, Brian Bellows, Jon Casey, Dino Ciccarelli, Dave Gagner, Curt Giles, Bill Goldsworthy, Derian Hatcher, Mike Modano, Bobby Smith and Gump Worsley.
The Minnesota Fighting Saints was the name of two professional teams based in St. Paul that played in the World Hockey Association (WHA). The first team was one of the WHA's original 12 franchises, playing from 1972 to 1976. The second team was relocated from Cleveland, and played for part of the 1976–77 season. Neither edition of the franchise completed its final season of play. Among the Saints' notable players in their brief history were Mike Antonovich, Jack Carlson, Wayne Connelly, Mike Curran, Paul Holmgren, Dave Keon and John McKenzie.
The Minnesota Moose was an International Hockey League team based out of St. Paul created following the departure of the North Stars. The Moose played its games at the St. Paul Civic Center from 1994 to 1996.
The Minnesota Whitecaps are a National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) team founded in 2004. The Whitecaps play their home games at TRIA Rink in downtown St. Paul. The Whitecaps are the only team to have won both a Clarkson Cup and an Isobel Cup championship, the two major championships in professional women's hockey in North America, winning the Clarkson Cup in 2010 as a member of the WWHL and the Isobel Cup in 2019 in their inaugural season in the NWHL.
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Eveleth, on the Iron Range.