Ex-Wild owner dies after cancer battle
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.