SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.
-- Minnesota Wild
General Manager Chuck Fletcher today named Crystal, Minnesota-native Todd Richards
as the team's new Head Coach. Richards, who spent last season as an Assistant Coach with the San Jose Sharks
, played collegiately at the University of Minnesota. Richards has made the playoffs in all 13 of his professional seasons as a player, and in all seven as a Head Coach or Assistant Coach.
"Todd's track record as a player and coach speaks for itself," Fletcher said. "He is a proven winner, and is an ideal fit as the Minnesota Wild
's new Head Coach."
Richards, 42 (10/22/66), helped the San Jose Sharks
to an NHL-best 53-18-11 record and a Presidents' Trophy in 2008-09. Head Coach Todd McLellan
had Richards in charge of the power play, which ranked third in the NHL at 24.2 percent.
Richards spent two seasons (2006-08) as Head Coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the American Hockey League (AHL), where he led the team to a berth in the Calder Cup Finals in 2008. Fletcher was the Baby Pens General Manager during that time. Richards ended his stint with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ranked first in franchise history with 98 wins and in winning percentage (.653). He also was named head coach of the PlanetUSA Team at the 2007 Rbk Hockey/AHL All-Star Classic in Toronto.
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