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Anderson named Wild assistant coach

Joins staff of close friend, former teammate Boudreau in Minnesota

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John Anderson was named an assistant coach of the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.

Anderson joins Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens, who was named an assistant on Tuesday, on Bruce Boudreau's staff.

Anderson spent the past three seasons as coach of the Chicago Wolves in the American Hockey League. He was an assistant with the Arizona Coyotes from 2011-13 and was coach of the Atlanta Thrashers for two seasons, from 2008-10.

Boudreau, named coach of the Wild on May 7 after the Anaheim Ducks fired him the previous week, was teammates with Anderson on the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1977-83, and the two have remained close.

"We've lived together, we've played together and we ran our own golf tournament together," Boudreau told the Star Tribune. "I know the man inside out. Not that it's gotten heated, but we've had frank discussions about the power play and special teams over the years, and we think very similar.

"He's been quite the confidant in my life since I was 18."

Anderson, a forward, had 631 points (282 goals, 349 assists) in 814 NHL games with the Maple Leafs, Quebec Nordiques and Hartford Whalers from 1977-89.

Boudreau was hired by the Wild after they did not retain John Torchetti, who took over for the fired Mike Yeo during the season.

Stevens and Anderson will replace assistant coaches Rick Wilson and Darryl Sydor, who also were not retained by the Wild.

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