Associated Press, Published July 01 2009
Hockey became Minnesota's official sport todayMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hockey becomes the official state sport of Minnesota Wednesday. Two hockey fans in the Legislature, Sens. Gen Olson, R-Minnetrista, and David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm, put the proposal in an economic development bill signed into law last month.
Fifth-graders from Groveland Elemnetary School in Minnetonka originated the idea two years ago when they visited the Capitol. They told Olson Minnesota should have a state sport and two of them pushed for hockey.
The senators agreed. They cited many reasons, from the extensive boys and girls hockey programs, to the state's five NCAA Division I college teams to its NHL team the Minnesota Wild.
Olson said it took work to get a hearing on the proposal, and once they did, they didn't waste time getting it passed. "We did it for the kids," she said.
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