Richard Park will join the Minnesota Wild as a Player Development Coach. Park’s primary responsibilities will include working with and assisting in the development of players with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL). He will begin his new role with the Wild organization this week.
Park, 38 (5/27/76), recorded 241 points (102-139=241) and 266 penalty minutes (PIM) in 738 career NHL games during 14 seasons with Pittsburgh, Anaheim, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Vancouver and the New York Islanders. The forward skated in 40 career NHL playoff games, including 18 with the Wild in 2002-03 when the team advanced to the Western Conference Finals. The native of Seoul, South Korea, tallied 74 points (37-37=74) in 217 games during three seasons with Minnesota (2001-04).
Park was the Game 6 overtime hero against Colorado during the Wild's playoff series against the Avalanche during the 2003 playoffs.
Park retired as a player after spending the last two seasons playing for Ambri-Piotta in Switzerland (2012-14). He was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the second round (50th overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.