Establishing a new tradition without it feeling contrived is tough to do for professional sports teams. The Minnesota Wild may have hit a new tradition out of the park without it even taking place yet.
The Wild are asking fans to bring water from their favorite establishments, specifically from local hockey ponds, lakes and ice rinks across the state.
"Every winter, when our ponds and lakes freeze over, a rebirth happens as we embrace the frozen beauty of our state. Lake bays become our hockey home, and everywhere you turn, kids young and old play pickup hockey. That's what This Is Our Ice is all about -- inviting fans throughout the State of Hockey to bring a piece of their hometown hockey heritage to our arena," said Wild President Matt Majka via a press release.
Fans will be able to bring a maximum of three ounces of water that will be placed into a Zamboni that will help make the ice they will play on this season. For those worried about cleanliness, the Wild will filter the water before putting it on the ice.
The Wild's home opener is on Oct. 14 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.