Darby Hendrickson is going moving from the Minnesota Wild broadcast booth to the bench. General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced Friday that the team has named Hendrickson -- an original member of the team when it entered the NHL in 2000 and more recently part of the broadcast team -- as an assistant coach.
Hendrickson, 38, was one of the most popular players in team history, playing four seasons (2000-04) with the Wild and scoring the team's first goal at Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 11, 2000 vs. Philadelphia. The Richfield, Minn., native had 29 goals and 60 points in 182 regular-season games with the Wild, as well as going 2-3-5 in 17 playoff games. Hendrickson also skated with Toronto, the New York Islanders, Vancouver and Colorado during his 10-year NHL career, finishing with 65 goals and 129 points in 518 games. He also played in Latvia and Austria before retiring from hockey in 2007.
The former University of Minnesota star and 1994 U.S. Olympian most recently served as a studio analyst for Fox Sports North's coverage of Wild games. He will join Dave Barr and Rick Wilson on coach Todd Richards' staff.