Minnesota Wild Head Coach
Dean Evason has been serving as the head coach of the Wild since 13 July 2020. The 2023-24 season will be his 4th season with the franchise.
Dean led the Wild to a 35-16-5 record during the 2020-21 season. He was then named as a finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy the same season.
Before being named the full-time head coach, he remained an interim head coach since 14th Feb 2020, leading the team to an 8-4-0 record.
Evason began his coaching career in 1999 in the Western Hockey League (WHL) as an assistant coach for the Calgary Hitmen, then as a head coach from 1999 to 2002 for the Kamloops Blazers.
After that, he head-coached the Vancouver Giants until 2004, when he returned as a co-coach to the Calgary Hitmen for the 2004-05 season.
Furthermore, Dean served as an assistant coach for the Washington Capitals for seven seasons from 2005 to 2012 where he led the team to a 294-206-74 record and claimed the Southeast Division title back-to-back four times.
He also led the Capitals to the Presidents' Trophy win in 2010 and advanced them to the Stanley Cup playoffs consecutively for five seasons.
Likewise, Dean also has coaching experience in the American Hockey League. He served as a head coach from 2012 to 2018 for the Milwaukee Admirals and directed the team to a 242-161-53 record.
After his tenure with the Admirals, Dean was hired by the Minnesota Wild in 2018 as an assistant coach, where he served for two seasons under the then-head coach Bruce Boudreau.
Lastly, an honored Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame member, Dean also has an international coaching escapade. He led Team Canada to the gold medal, serving as a player/coach for the team during the 1997 World Championship.