Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Minnesota Fighting Saints
The first team was one of the WHA's original twelve franchises. They played four seasons, beginning in the inaugural 1972-73 season. The Fighting Saints' first game was played Friday, Oct. 13, 1972, at the St. Paul Auditorium, best remembered for its unique clear plexiglas boards. The Saints lost 4-3 to the Winnipeg Jets. Partway through their first season, the new St. Paul Civic Center opened in January 1973. Their first game in the new arena was Jan. 1, 1973, a 4-4 overtime tie with the Houston Aeros.
The team colors were royal blue, white and new gold. The name was taken from the St. Paul Saints of the Central Hockey League, who had used the nickname "The Fighting Saints" in promotional material.