| Minneapolis native Mike Ramsey has been with the Wild since the club’s inception in 2000. |
From year to year, the faces on the Minnesota Wild bench have, and will continue to change. But behind the bench, the faces have, and for the foreseeable future, will remain the same.
The team officially announced on Tuesday that the contracts of assistant coaches Mario Tremblay and Mike Ramsey have been extended. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed, but both coaches agreed to multi-year deals.
Both Tremblay and Ramsey have served as assistants of head coach Jacques Lemaire Wild since the franchise’s inception in 2000. Lemaire signed a multi-year extension to remain with the club in October.
The only coach left to be re-signed is goaltender coach, Bob Mason, who was traveling last week.
“It’s a good crew,” Ramsey told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “It’s a fun group to be around. I appreciate the fact that I get to work with these guys and Doug has the confidence in me. We’re here to try to accomplish something, and everyone knows what the final goal is.”
Tremblay, who spent two years as a head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he would like to return to head coaching one day, but is happy in Minnesota.
“I don’t want to leave, be somewhere else and look back when (the Wild wins) and say, ‘I could have been there.’”
Ramsey and Tremblay both enjoyed illustrious hockey careers. Ramsey’s crowning achievement came when he was the youngest player on the 1980 U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal. He went on to an 18-year NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings. In 1,070 career games, he posted 79 goals, 266 assists, 345 points and 1,012 penalty minutes. The Minneapolis native was an assistant coach for three years with the Sabres prior to joining the Wild staff.
Tremblay, a former teammate of Lemaire and Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough, won five Stanley Cups in 12 seasons with Montreal. At age 18, Tremblay was the youngest player to ever play for the Canadiens in 1974. He went on to rack up 584 points (258-326=584) in 852 games.