SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced today that it has engaged former Wild defenseman Brad Bombardir and Amy Woog Patnode as Community Partnerships Liaison and Manager, Community Giving, respectively. Each has been contracted on an interim basis and will begin work in their new roles immediately.
“Adding Brad and Amy to our community relations team was an easy decision,” Wild Executive Vice President Matt Majka said. “Each is a recognizable figure throughout the state of hockey, and they each understand the relationship between Minnesota and its professional hockey team. Not only will we be grateful for their expertise, but we feel the community will be as well.”
Bombardir, 33 (5/5/1972), will be responsible for a wide variety of the organization’s community partnership initiatives, including the planning and executing of player appearances, aiding with the charitable interests of Wild players, and representing the Wild organization at various community events.
Residing with his family in Woodbury, Minn., Bombardir is currently rehabilitating a knee injury that ended his 2005-06 season. A veteran of eight NHL seasons, including four with the Wild, he was a member of the Wild’s inaugural season squad. The native of Powell River, BC played in 212 games in those four seasons and was named the team’s monthly captain seven times during his Wild career, claiming the honor more than any other player.
“Minnesota was a very special place for me to play, and I’m excited to come back to the organization in a role that will help me give back to the community and the fans who were so good to me when I played there,” Bombardir said. “I’m still working towards a return to the ice, and this will allow me the opportunity to do something very rewarding off of it.”
Woog Patnode, a 1991 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, lives in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and has spent the past year with the Phil Housley Foundation. Prior to that she was the Associate Vice President of That Idea! Creative Group. Amy is the daughter of former University of Minnesota Gophers Head Coach Doug Woog. Her role, which will entail addressing the organizational needs of Wild community relations efforts and the coordination of charitable donations, will begin immediately.