Minnesota General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced Thursday that team has hired former Wild defenseman Brad Bombardir
as Director of Player Development.
Bombardir will be responsible for evaluating prospects in the Wild organization and implementing programs to continue their development. He also serves as Senior Director of Community Relations and will continue to serve in a wide variety of the organization's community partnership initiatives including the promotion and support of Minnesota Hockey, the Hobey Baker Foundation, the Boys and Girls High School Hockey Coaches Associations and the Minnesota Minute Men. Along with these responsibilities he represents the organization at various community events, is actively engaged in the charitable interests of the Minnesota Wild
and is Vice Chair of the Minnesota Wild
Bombardir, 38, was one of the most popular players in team history. He was acquired by Minnesota via a trade with the New Jersey Devils
in June 2000, was a member of the franchise's inaugural team and played 212 games in a Wild sweater. During his stint in Minnesota, he was named the monthly captain a franchise-record seven times and helped in the development of young defensemen such as Willie Mitchell
and Nick Schultz
. Bombardir also played an active role in all of the team's community relation's affairs, making appearances at schools and hospitals, along with participating in the organization's charitable activities.
Originally drafted by the Devils in the third round of the 1990 Entry Draft, Bombardir played 356 games during his eight years in the NHL with New Jersey, Minnesota and Nashville. He made his NHL debut with the Devils during the 1997-98 season and was a member of New Jersey's Stanley Cup championship team in 2000.