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Wild names Matt Hendricks Assistant Director of Player Development

Blaine native joins Wild front office

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

ST. PAUL - Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Matt Hendricks Assistant Director of Player Development.

In this new role, he will work directly with Brad Bombardir, Director of Player Development, and assist in evaluating prospects in the Wild organization and implementing programs to help continue their development, including the team's annual summer development camp.

Hendricks, 38 (6/17/81), recently completed his 11th season in the NHL. He collected two assists in 22 games with the Wild before he was traded to the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 25, 2019, in exchange for a seventh round selection in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Hendricks tallied one assist in four contests with the Jets. The center recorded 116 points (54-62=116), 722 PIM and 1,398 hits in 607 career NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche (2008-10), Washington Capitals (2010-13), Nashville Predators (2013-14), Edmonton Oilers (2013-17), Winnipeg (2017-19) and the Wild (2018-19). Hendricks has also played in 39 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with Colorado (2009-10), Washington (2010-13) and Winnipeg (2017-18).

Hendricks collected 112 points (54-58=112) and 193 PIM in 152 games during four seasons at St. Cloud State University (2000-04), and served as captain his senior season. The native of Blaine, Minn., also recorded 155 career points (68-87=155) and 393 PIM in 247 American Hockey League (AHL) games in parts of six seasons (2003-09) before making his NHL debut with the Avalanche on March 10, 2009. Nashville selected Hendricks in the fifth round (131st overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

He and his wife, Kim, reside with their twins, Lennon and Gunnar, in Deephaven, Minnesota.

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