are a box lacrosse
team in the National Lacrosse League
. The team plays at the Xcel Energy Center
in Saint Paul, Minnesota
The team's previous owners (Minnesota Sports & Entertainment) who also own the NHL
's Minnesota Wild
purchased the rights to the inactive Montreal Express
team on August 10, 2004. The name Swarm was selected over Thrill, Rush and Bullheads on October 25, 2004.
On July 16, 2008, John J. Arlotta and his son Andy Arlotta were officially announced as the team's new owners.
The Minnesota Swarm played their first exhibition game on December 10, 2004 against the Colorado Mammoth
. The team drew over 14,000 fans — a record for an NLL preseason game, though most of the tickets were free. The Swarm's first regular season game was in Rochester
against the Knighthawks on January 1, 2005, in which the Swarm won 12-11. Craig Conn
scored the first goal in franchise history. Their first home regular season game was January 21, 2005 against the Buffalo Bandits
. The coach of the team for the first season was Mike Simpson and the general manager was Marty O'Neill
Forward Craig Conn and defenseman Ryan Cousins
were named reserves for the East Division All-Star Team at the 2005 NLL All Star Game
. Ryder Bateman
ranked tied for second among NLL rookies in goals and third in scoring. The team finished the season with a 5-11 record. In August 2005, Adam Mueller was named as the head coach of the team.
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