Ex-Wild owner dies af­ter cancer bat­tle

The Province - - SPORTS -

Bob Naegele Jr., the found­ing owner of the Min­nesota Wild, has died of com­pli­ca­tions from cancer. He was 78. The Wild said Naegele died Wed­nes­day with his fam­ily by his side. Play­ers will wear a jersey patch with his ini­tials for the re­main­der of the sea­son. Naegele was the lead in­vestor in the ex­pan­sion fran­chise that be­gan play in 2000, eight sea­sons af­ter the North Stars for Dal­las. A star goalie at Min­netonka High School in the Twin Cities area, Naegele built his wealth through a bill­board com­pany. In 2008, Naegele sold the club to Craig Leipold. Later that year, he was a win­ner of the Lester Pa­trick Tro­phy for ser­vice to the sport.

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