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Wild names Todd Richards head coach

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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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