The Minnesota Wild hired Rick Wilson as an assistant coach on Tuesday, August 10, 2010. He replaced recently departed assistant Mike Ramsey.
This will actually be Wilson's second stint in Minnesota. He was an assistant for the North Stars during the 1992-93 season before relocating with the franchise to Dallas in the same capacity, where he won a Stanley Cup in 1999. Wilson was with the Stars for 16 years, which included seven division titles, two Western Conference championships and two President's Trophies. He was also Dallas' interim coach in 2002, when he led the club to a 13-11-7 mark.
Prior to moving to Dallas from Minnesota, Wilson worked as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings for three seasons, including a 15-game stint as co-coach (with Cap Raeder) in 1990-91. Prior to joining the Kings, Wilson was an assistant with the New York Islanders in 1988-89. That same year he was also an assistant on Canada’s National Junior Team.
Before joining the Islanders, Wilson spent eight years with the WHL Prince Albert Raiders, six as an assistant and the final two seasons as head coach and general manager (1986-87 and 1987-88). A native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Wilson helped the Raiders to the Memorial Cup Championship in 1984-85.
Wilson began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, the University of North Dakota, where the Sioux won the 1980 NCAA Division I title and two WCHA crowns during his two years. He played hockey and football at North Dakota and earned a degree in education.
Drafted by Montreal in the 1970 amateur draft, Wilson spent four seasons (1973-77) in the NHL as a defenseman for Montreal, St. Louis and Detroit.
Wilson and his wife, Carol, are the parents of four children: Landon, Brooke, Barrett and Brittany.