Focus Includes Increased Support for Community and High School Hockey Programs

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild announced today Mike Snee has been hired as Vice President of the Minnesota Wild Foundation and Community Relations, a newly created position. One of the original staff hired in 1998, Snee will return on June 17 to align and guide the strategic direction of the two entities that embody the Wild’s mission to create a Greater State of Hockey.

Snee has achieved great success driving community engagement and collaboration at all levels of hockey, energized by a deep-rooted passion for growing the game. During his 12-year tenure as Executive Director of College Hockey Inc., the Duluth, Minn., native designed and implemented a strategic plan that resulted in several new hockey programs at NCAA schools, a Canadian broadcasting rights agreement and a significant increase in revenue. Prior, Snee was impactful as the Executive Director of Minnesota Hockey, receiving the 2013 Minnesota Hockey President’s Award for exemplary service to youth hockey in the state. He also accepted the 2019 Oscar Almquist Award for his contributions to the success of high school hockey in Minnesota.

“Mike’s enthusiasm for strengthening the hockey community and growing our sport is unparalleled,” said Matt Majka, Chief Executive Officer of Minnesota Sports & Entertainment (MSE), parent company of the Minnesota Wild. “We are thrilled to welcome Mike back to the Wild. His strong background and ability to lead and create connection across all levels of the game will be invaluable as we continue to focus on our community impact, especially within hockey in Minnesota.”

In his new role Snee will work to expand the reach and impact of the Wild Foundation and Community Relations efforts that collectively assist hundreds of organizations and thousands of people each year. In particular, he will focus on implementing new initiatives within the Wild Foundation and raising charitable funds that drive the growth and success of nonprofit youth hockey associations and high school hockey teams throughout the State of Hockey. He will report to Minnesota Wild Foundation Chair Scott Peterson and MSE CEO Matt Majka.

“Mike’s leadership skills, life-long commitment to growing the game of hockey, and extensive network in the hockey community make him uniquely qualified and perfectly suited for this exciting new role. This opportunity will enable Mike to leverage the collective strengths of the Wild Foundation and Wild Community Relations into a driving force to grow the game across the State of Hockey,” said Peterson.

“I am grateful to the Minnesota Wild for creating this opportunity and honored that they have selected me to lead it,” said Snee. “There is nowhere in North America where hockey is as accessible, affordable, meaningful, and successful as it is throughout Minnesota. I look forward to waking up every day to help make something that is already spectacular even better.”

Snee is a longtime member of the USA Hockey Congress, providing guidance and expertise to the national governing body for ice hockey in the United States. The University of St. Thomas graduate also serves on the boards of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and the Minneapolis Youth Hockey Association and has coached youth hockey and baseball for over 20 years. Prior to his nine-year stint in sales and sponsorship for the Wild, he worked with the Minnesota North Stars and Minnesota Moose hockey teams.

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About the Minnesota Wild Foundation: The Minnesota Wild Foundation exists to support the game of hockey and improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey. With support from Wild players, fans and donors, the Minnesota Wild Foundation supports pediatric medical causes, serves as the largest non-member funding source for Minnesota Hockey, and provides fundraising opportunities for youth hockey associations across the state. Since its inception in 2009, the Wild Foundation has distributed $5.9 million in grants to hockey organizations and children’s medical related charities and has helped local charities raise over $7.5 million through its Split the Pot Raffle program. Together we create a Greater State of Hockey. Make a donation or learn more at www.wild.com/foundation, mnwildfoundation@wild.com, or 651-602-6000. Follow the Minnesota Wild Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.