Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Ricard Persson an Amateur Scout based in Sweden. The Wild also named Rick Bronwell Assistant Equipment Manager.
Persson, 40 (8/24/69), will begin his first season as an Amateur Scout with the Wild after completing a long and successful playing career in North America, Europe and Asia. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound defenseman was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round (No. 23) of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft and collected 54 points (10-44=54) and 262 penalty minutes (PIM) in 229 career games with New Jersey, St. Louis and Ottawa from 1995-2002. The native of Ostersund, Sweden, also played professionally in Sweden from 1988-95 for Leksands and Malmo; in Germany with Berlin from 2002-05; in Austria with Klagenfurt from 2005-07; in Asia with Oji from 2007-09 and finished his playing career in Italy with Cortina this past season.
Bronwell, 33 (3/31/77), joins the Wild after spending the last three seasons as Assistant Equipment Manager for the San Jose Sharks. He is responsible for assisting Minnesota’s equipment needs both at home and on the road, as well as locker room set-up and equipment repair. A certified member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association, Bronwell spent five seasons as Head Equipment Manager for the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (2002-07). With the Aeros he was responsible for all day-to-day duties of the team’s equipment maintenance, repair and inventory. A member of the Aeros 2003 Calder Cup Championship team, Bronwell also served as the Head Equipment Manager for Team Canada at the 2004 AHL All-Star Game. Before joining Houston, he was the Head Equipment Manager in 2001-02 for the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies of the ECHL. A native of Kansas City, Mo., Bronwell served as the Assistant Equipment Manager for the Kansas City Blades of the International Hockey League from 1996-01, and served as a game night assistant on the staff from 1992-96. He and his wife, Heather, have two daughters; Ashleigh and Addison.
Persson and Bronwell will begin their new roles with the Wild immediately.