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Minnesota Wild Assistant Coaches and Coaching Staff 2023-24

By Abhay Acharya / 24 September 2023 04:48 AM

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Minnesota Wild assistant coaches are Bob Woods, Darby Hendrickson, and Jason King. Frederic Chabot serves as the Wild goaltending coach.

Bob Woods is in his sixth year after getting named on 24 June 2017 to the position. His tenure in the NHL began in 2009 when he served in the Washington Capitals as an assistant coach. 

Darby Hendrickson is in his 14th season with the Wild as an assistant coach. Before joining the Wild, Hendrickson served as a representative for the Northwest Division of the National Hockey League Players' Association. 

Jason King is in his first season for Minnesota having joined on July 2, 2023. King served for the past three seasons as an assistant coach for the Vancouver Canucks

Dean Evason, the current head coach for the Wild served the franchise as an assistant coach for two seasons before being promoted in 2020. 

Likewise, Jonas Plumb and T. J. Jindra have been serving as the video coaches for the Wild. They are in their 11th and 2nd seasons with the team respectively.

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.

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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. 

Minnesota Wild Coaching Staff

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Minnesota Wild coaches for the 2023-24 NHL season are:

NamePosition
Dean EvasonHead Coach
Bob WoodsAssistant Coach
Darby HendricksonAssistant Coach
Jason KingAssistant Coach
Frederic ChabotGoaltending Coach
Jonas PlumbVideo Coach
T. J. JindraVideo Coach

Bob Woods

Bob Woods joined the Wild on 24 June 2017 as an assistant coach. In the 2023-24 season, Woods will relish his seventh season with the team. 

Before joining the Wild, Bob had a vast range of coaching escapades. He initially served as an assistant and then as a head coach for the Hershey Bears of the AHL from 2005 to 2007 and aided the team to win the Calder Championship Cup in 2006 and 2009. 

Furthermore, Bob served as a head coach and general manager for the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL from 2014-16. Then, he joined the Buffalo Sabres as an assistant coach from 2016-17 before signing with the Wild. 

Darby Hendrickson

Hendrickson will enter his 14th season as an assistant coach with the Wild after officially being named on 10 September 2010 to the position. 

Before his coaching career, Hendrickson was among the most popular players who played for the Wild for four seasons (2000-2004), leading the team to its first goal against Philadelphia on 11 October 2000 at Xcel Energy Center

Apart from this, Darby had an escapade as a studio analyst as well as an analyst for Fox Sports North and KSTC-TV, respectively. Along with those, he also acted as a representative for the Northwest Division of the NHLPA before assistant coaching for the Wild. 

Frederic Chabot

Frederic Chabot joined the Minnesota Wild primarily as a Goaltending Development Coach in 2015. Chabot was promoted to the Goaltending Coach after five seasons on 26 August 2020. 

During his tenure as a development coach, Frederic worked with all the goalie prospects of the franchise, incorporating goalies in Iowa Wild (AHL) and draft picks for Minnesota. 

Before beginning his career with the Wild, Chabot served for Hockey Canada and its National Junior Team as a goaltending consultant, aiding the team in bringing home the 2009 World Junior Championship Cup. 

Following his phenomenal achievement in the national team, Frederic served the Edmonton Oilers from 2009 to 2014 as a goaltending coach.

Minnesota Wild Coaches History

There have been a total of 6 head coaches in the history of the Minnesota Wild. The franchise played its first season in the NHL in 2001-01.

Jacques Lemaire was the first coach of the Wild who mentored the team from 2000 to 2009. He was also the only head coach in the history of the club to have won the team a Division Championship in the 2007-08 season.

Moreover, Lemaire has been awarded the Jack Adams Award due to his most significant contribution to the team during the 2002-03 season, leading to the final record of 293-255-53 for the Wild until 2009.

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After that, in June 2009, Todd Richards joined the franchise as the 2nd head coach in the club's history for two seasons (2009-2011). Richards led the team to a record of 77-71-16 during his period there but was fired on 11 April 2011. 

Michael 'Mike' Yeo became the next head coach for the team in 2011 and led the team to their first home 4-2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets. His tenure with the Wild lasted until 2016. 

Ultimately, Yeo led the Wild to a record of 173-132-44, the second-highest in the franchise history throughout his 5 years term with the team.

Head CoachTenure
Jacques Lemaire2000 - 2009
Todd Richards2009 - 2011
Michael Yeo2011 - 2016
John Torchetti2016
Bruce Boudreau2016 - 2020
Dean Evason2020 - Present

Minnesota Wild General Manager

Bill Guerin is the current General Manager of the Minnesota Wild. Guerin also serves as the President of Hockey Operations for the franchise. 

He assumed the role on 21 August 2019 as the fourth GM of the franchise succeeding Paul Fenton, who was the team's GM for two seasons. 

Bill began his NHL career as a right-wing for the New Jersey Devils in 1991. He played a total of 18 seasons in the NHL, bringing home two Stanley Cup Trophies during the 1994-95 and 2008-09 seasons for the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins respectively.

With his NHL draft, Bill became the first Hispanic origin to play in the NHL. Moreover, he also had international experience as a hockey player.

In the 1998, 2002, and 2006 Olympics, he represented the United States and also played in two Ice Hockey World Championships. Guerin was appended to the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.

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Bill ended his 19-year-long playing career in the league with the Penguins, ranking seventh overall American in the NHL with 429 goals. 

Following his illustrious career as an NHL player, Bill was hired by the Penguins as the player development coach in 2011. After three years, the Penguins' then-head coach Jim Rutherford declared his promotion to the team's assistant manager post. 

With Guerin as the assistant manager, the Penguins clinched consecutive Stanley Cup titles in 2016 and 2017, leading to the expansion of his duties as the general manager for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Penguins' affiliate in the AHL succeeding Jason Botterill in 2017.