One way Minnesotans embrace their long winters is with ice hockey. In 1967, the Minnesota North Stars became their first professional hockey team. After the franchise moved to Dallas in 1993, the state had to wait seven seasons before welcoming the Minnesota Wild. Since 2000, the National Hockey League team plays their home games at Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. The “X” also hosts high school tournaments, concerts and conventions. Named after a regional utility company, the sports arena is consistently rated high for its overall fan experience.