What do you do when your dream comes true? This is a question that's been asked in the past by Boston Red Sox fans after the 2004 World Series, New Orleans Saints fans in 2009 and many other long-suffering franchises. I can say without any conviction that I felt the same way this past April when the UMD Bulldogs won the NCAA hockey championship.
Growing up in Duluth, Minnesota I had four main goals that I wanted to witness during my lifetime: (1) a Bulldog hockey championship (2) a Twins championship (3) father two healthy children and (4) see the Minnesota North Stars hoist the Stanley Cup.
The Twins were able to check their item off my list in 1987 and then again in 1991. My wife gave birth to two healthy boys in 1995 and 1999, so that one was also fulfilled. And this year the Bulldogs gave me a 75% completion rate.
I know I'll never see the North Stars raise the Cup, and no I didn't take any comfort when the Stars beat the Sabres in 1999. The North Stars died for me when they left and nothing could bring them back. So, I've formally amended my last goal to "see a Minnesota hockey team hoist the Cup" And while I don't think this will happen this season or next, it is possible within 3-4 years.