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W-League Team Named Minnesota Lightning

Lightning Season Tickets Now on Sale

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Monday, January 30, 2006) ? The Minnesota Thunder

announced today that its new women?s W-League franchise will be

named the Minnesota Lightning. The name was the overwhelming

favorite in a five-week contest for fans to help the front office

choose the best name.

?We had to listen to the fans,? said Djorn Buchholz, general manager

of the Thunder & Lightning. ?There was a sense that Minnesota

Lightning was the name we wanted to go with, but the votes from the

fans confirmed that it was the right way to go.?

The Thunder received over 500 emails contributing to the naming

contest with nearly 70% of those entries listing Minnesota

Lightning. With the large response the front office will be

randomly selecting 15 entries to receive season tickets for the

upcoming 2006 season.

The logo of the Minnesota Lightning is consistent with that of the

Thunder, using the same color schemes and shading. There will be

both a two color version, as displayed currently on the Thunder

website at www.mnthunder.com, and also a metallic version to

match that of the Thunder.

After a successful round of tryouts in December, Lightning head

coach Danny Storlien has narrowed his list of potential players to

24. Storlien will be making contact with these players this week

and hopes to have several players signed within the next two weeks.

Most of the team will be made up of primarily Minnesota grown

players with some of the best players to have ever come out of the

state.

The Lightning will have its home opener on Saturday, May 27 at the

National Sports Center at 5:05 p.m. This match will be held as a

double header with the Thunder.

Minnesota Lightning season tickets are now on sale and can be

purchased for as low as $21. For more information visit www.mnthunder.com or call Mark Lieblein at 651-917-0049.

Story on mnthunder.com

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