The Minnesota Wild has named John Anderson, Darby Hendrickson and Scott Stevens assistant coaches, Bob Mason goaltending coach, Jonas Plumb video coach and Sean Skahan strength and conditioning coach. They join the staff of Bruce Boudreau, who was named Minnesota Wild Head Coach on May 7, 2016. In addition, the team announced today that Andrew Brunette will assist the hockey operations department in its player personnel and professional scouting efforts for the 2016-17 season.
Anderson was named a Minnesota Wild assistant coach on June 8 after serving as Head Coach of the Chicago Wolves in the American Hockey League (AHL) the last three seasons. Prior to be named the Wolves Head Coach on July 16, 2013, he served as an Assistant Coach with the Phoenix Coyotes for two seasons (2011-13) and was the Head Coach of the Atlanta Thrashers for two seasons (2008-10). The Toronto, Ont., native went 624-368-124 (.614) in 14 seasons as the Wolves Head Coach (1997-2008, 2013-16), leading Chicago to four championships; the 2008 and 2002 Calder Cup and the 2000 and 1998 Turner Cup. Prior to joining the Wolves, Anderson captured the Colonial Cup as Head Coach of the Quad City Mallards of the Colonial Hockey League in 1996-97. He began his coaching career with Winston-Salem in 1995-96, leading the Mammoths to the Southern Hockey League Finals.
Hendrickson begins his seventh season as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Wild. He was an original member of the Wild and one of the most popular players in team history, playing four seasons (2000-04) and scoring the team’s first goal at Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 11, 2000 vs. Philadelphia. The Richfield, Minn., native posted 60 points (29-31=60) in 182 regular season games with the Wild. He appeared in 17 playoff matches with Minnesota in 2003 and recorded five points (2-3=5) including the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinal at Vancouver on May 8, 2003. Hendrickson also skated with Toronto, the New York Islanders, Vancouver and Colorado, posting 129 points (65-64=129) and 370 penalty minutes (PIM) in 518 games in parts of 10 NHL seasons from 1995 to 2004. He played for the University of Minnesota for two seasons (1991-93) after earning the 1991 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award while playing for Richfield High School and was a member of the 1994 United States Olympic Team.
Stevens was named a Minnesota Wild assistant coach on June 7. He most recently served as an analyst for NHL Network and returns to coaching after being named a co-coach for the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 27, 2014, and serving two seasons (2012-14) as an assistant coach for the Devils. The defenseman spent 13 of his 22 NHL seasons with New Jersey and captained the team to three Stanley Cup Championships (1995, 2000, and 2003). The Kitchener, Ont., native was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 12, 2007. Stevens collected 908 points (196-712=908), 2,785 penalty minutes (PIM) and was a plus-393 in 1,635 career NHL games from 1982 to 2004 with Washington, St. Louis and New Jersey before retiring on Sept. 6, 2005. His games played total are the second-most by a defenseman in NHL history and seventh all-time. Stevens appeared in 879 regular-season games in which his team was victorious, the second-most in NHL history (Chelios, 894) and ranks 14th all-time in PIM. He added 118 points (26-92=118), 402 PIM and a plus-46 rating in 233 career playoff games and ranks third all-time in NHL history in playoff games by a defenseman. His 20 years in the playoffs are tied for third all-time.
Mason begins his 15th year as goaltending coach for the Minnesota Wild. Under his tutelage, Devan Dubnyk ranked second in the NHL in goals-against average (GAA) and save percentage (SV%) and was named to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team, finished third in Vezina Trophy voting and fourth in Hart Trophy voting in 2014-15. Josh Harding led the NHL in GAA and SV% in 2013-14, while goaltenders Niklas Backstrom (2007) and Dwayne Roloson (2004) won the Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award. Dubnyk (2016), Backstrom (2009) and Roloson (2004) also represented Minnesota in the NHL All-Star Game. The Wild ranked first in the League in 2006-07 with a 2.20 GAA and a .922 SV% and claimed the William Jennings Trophy as the team allowed a league-low 191 goals against. Mason also served as a goaltending consultant for the Atlanta Thrashers during its first two seasons (1999-2001). Prior to joining the Thrashers, he spent three seasons with the University of Minnesota as a volunteer goaltender coach. Mason played parts of eight seasons in the NHL with Washington, Chicago, Quebec and Vancouver going 55-65-16 with a 3.76 GAA, a .879 SV% and one shutout in 145 games from 1984 to 1991. He went 2-3 with a 1.95 GAA, a .931 SV% and one shutout in five Stanley Cup playoff games. The native of International Falls, Minn., played two seasons at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and was a member of Team USA at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
Brunette spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild after being named a hockey operations advisor on Feb. 13, 2013. He collected 733 points (268-465=733), including 114 power-play goals and 32 game-winning goals, as well as 314 PIM in 1,110 games during his 16-year NHL career with Washington, Nashville, Atlanta, Minnesota, Colorado and Chicago. From 1998-99 thru 2011-12, he played in 1,048 regular season games, the most of any NHL player during that time. Brunette appeared in his 1,000th career NHL game as a member of the Wild on Feb. 1, 2011, vs. Los Angeles. In six seasons with Minnesota (2001-04, 2008-11), the native of Sudbury, Ont., compiled 321 points (119-202=321) in 489 contests. He tallied 35 points (17-18=35) in 49 playoff matches and scored the overtime goal in Game 7 of the 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinal against the Colorado Avalanche on April 22, 2003, to clinch the Wild’s first playoff series win. Brunette was originally selected by Washington in the seventh round (174th overall) of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.
Plumb begins his sixth season as the Minnesota Wild video coach. Prior to joining the Wild, he worked for Hockey Canada in 2010-11, preparing video for various men’s and women’s tournaments and worked alongside Mark Messier and Guy Carbonneau. Plumb worked for the Swedish men’s hockey team at the 2010 Winter Olympics and the NHL’s Washington Capitals in the 2008-09 season. He has also spent time with the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Vancouver Giants, where he helped the team win the 2007 Memorial Cup.
Skahan joins the Wild as strength and conditioning coach after serving in the same capacity for the men’s ice hockey and field hockey teams at Boston University last season. He spent 13 seasons as the strength and conditioning coach for the Anaheim Ducks prior to joining the Terriers in the summer of 2015. During his time with the Ducks, the team advanced to the Stanley Cup in 2003 and won the 2007 Stanley Cup title. Prior to working with the Ducks, Skahan served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Boston College (2001-02) and the University of North Dakota (2000-01). While earning his master’s degree in kinesiology, he worked as a graduate assistant strength coach at the University of Minnesota (1999-00) and earned his bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1998.