(ST. PAUL) UTVS – While the Minnesota Wild stand one game away from elimination from the NHL playoffs, fans prepare for the worst. Isabella Thompson, an avid Wild fan for the last several seasons, explained a sense of “false hope” for a run in the playoffs after the news that Wild standout, Zach Parise will be out for the rest of the season with a broken sternum. A popular spot in downtown St. Paul for Wild fans to gather before and after games known as “Tom Reids” has continued to remain popular throughout the playoff stretch despite the outcome of the series so far. Bar owner, Tom Reid said, “We’re filled with all different people from all different countries and all different nations, even with the Winnipeg Jets fans here, it’s a great atmosphere.”
The Minnesota Wild trail the series against the Jets 3-1, one more loss means that the season would come to an end for the Wild. For Reid, he stays a little more updated than other local fans on the Wild throughout the season. Not because of the fact that Tom Reid’s Sports Bar is just a few blocks away from the Xcel Energy Center, the home of the Minnesota Wild, but because he also serves as the radio voice of the Minnesota Wild. “I wake up at about 6:15 in the morning, I come here [Tom Reid’s], I go to the rink, I come back here for about a half an hour, I go home and put my notes together, come back here, go to the game, then after the game I come back here and talk to the fans,” said Reid.
The former Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Northstars standout is always staying busy. Currently, ‘Tom Reid’s’ is undergoing renovations in the basement and just recently finished an addition for private events on the backside of the property with most of the construction work done by Reid himself. “I don’t fool around with electricity, I know that, that’s one thing I don’t do, and plumbing isn’t my forte either but other stuff I can do, I can fix things and I can clean things,” said Reid, “I can save money if I do it myself so I do as much maintenance here as I possibly can.”
The Wild will face the Jets in Game 5 of the series with hopes of a win and continuation on the road to the Stanley Cup Friday night in Winnipeg. Despite the false hope some Wild fans may have, Reid continues to remain optimistic stating, “It’s not over until we [Wild] lose Game 4.”