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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 17, 2000

Wild's home opener quickly sells out

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Fans in the Twin Cities are wild about the Wild.

Tickets for the Minnesota Wild's Oct. 11 regular-season home opener against Philadelphia quickly sold out.

"We are overwhelmed by the tremendous support our fans have shown for the Minnesota Wild," said Steve Griggs, vice president of customer sales and service.

The expansion team has sold more than 12,000 season tickets for the 18,600-seat Xcel Energy Center.

MAPLE LEAFS: Wendel Clark has rejoined the team.

But this time he'll be shaking hands, not throwing punches.

Although an official job title has not been established, the former Toronto captain will fill an ambassador role for the team, the Toronto Sun reported. An announcement is expected soon.

Clark tearfully retired during the off-season after a playing career that dated to 1985, when Toronto selected him first overall in the entry draft.

NHL CHALLENGE: A familiar face greeted the Vancouver Canucks from the opposing bench in the final game in Stockholm, Sweden.

Johan Garpenlov, a 10-year NHL veteran with Detroit, San Jose, Florida and Atlanta, was at Globen Arena on Friday night. He has returned to his native country and is playing for Djurgarden, the same team he left for the NHL in 1991.

Besides Garpenlov, the list of former NHL players who returned to Sweden this summer included Mikael Renberg, Mikael Anderson and Jorgen Jonsson.

Preseason games

FLYERS 5, RANGERS 1: Mark Recchi scored three goals as host Philadelphia spoiled New York's opener Saturday. Peter White and Keith Primeau also scored for the Flyers (3-0), and Michael York had the Rangers' only goal. Philadelphia goalie Brian Boucher made his first appearance of the preseason and stopped all 14 shots he faced in two periods.

SABRES 5, BRUINS 3: Miroslav Satan and Doug Gilmour each had a goal and an assist as host Buffalo beat Boston in a penalty-filled matchup. The game featured two fights, one ejection and 80 penalty minutes -- 54 in the final period. Buffalo's Rhett Warrener was ejected for getting involved in a fight between Boston's Jay Henderson and Gilmour.

SENATORS 5, OILERS 2: Rookie Martin Havlat scored twice to lead Ottawa past Edmonton in its home opener. The crowd of 13,842 at the Corel Centre didn't get to see star center Alexei Yashin, who sat out last season because of a contract dispute. He was not in uniform.

STARS 4, BLUES 2: Brenden Morrow scored with 15:06 left, breaking a 1-1 tie and leading host Dallas over St. Louis. Morrow converted Jamie Langenbrunner's centering pass, beating goalie Dwayne Roloson, who entered the game midway through the second period. Langenbrunner scored 23 seconds later on the power play to make it 3-1.

DEVILS 5, PENGUINS 4: Sylvain Cloutier and Jay Pandolfo scored third-period, power-play goals to lead visiting New Jersey. With the score tied at 3, Cloutier beat Penguins goalie Sebastien Caron at 7:41 of the third. Just over five minutes later, Pandolfo fanned on a shot, but the puck slid through Caron's pads.

PREDATORS 5, THRASHERS 3: Greg Classen, Rob Valicevic and Ryan Tobler scored second-period goals to give Nashville the win in the preseason opener for both teams. Nashville trailed 2-1 after a period in a game played at Southaven, Miss.

AVALANCHE 5, KINGS 1: Dave Reid had a goal and an assist to lead host Colorado past Los Angeles. Patrick Roy stopped 26 shots. Jere Karalahti got a late power-play goal for the Kings, who were 1-of-9 on the power play and failed to convert a two-man advantage.

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