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Bruce Boudreau

Head Coach

Bruce Boudreau (boo-DROH) is in his second season as Minnesota Wild Head Coach after being named to the position on May 7, 2016. He owns a record of 458-217-88 (.658) in 10 seasons as an NHL head coach with the Wild, Anaheim Ducks and the Washington Capitals, leading his team to a division title eight times...

In his first season with Minnesota, he led the Wild to franchise records in wins and points. Boudreau coached the Central Division at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game - the first time in team history and the first time in his career he served as All-Star Game coach. He's the first coach in NHL history to lead three different teams to win streaks of 11-plus games, became the fastest coach in NHL history to reach the 400-win milestone (663 games) on March 5, 2016, and leads active NHL coaches in win percentage. He is 42-43 in nine trips to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and is the seventh head coach in NHL history to win 200-plus games with multiple teams.

Boudreau was named Head Coach of the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 30, 2011, and compiled a record of 208-104-40 (.647) in 352 games in parts of five seasons (2011-16). The 2015-16 season marked the fourth straight Pacific Division title for the Ducks. Anaheim set franchise records for most wins (54), points (116) and goals (266) in a season in 2013-14 and Boudreau was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award after guiding Anaheim to a 30-12-6 record in 2012-13.

He compiled a record of 201-88-40 (.672) in parts of five seasons (2007-11) as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals, winning the Southeast Division four times. Boudreau led his club to the 2010 Presidents' Trophy as the club set team records for most points (121) and goals (313) in a season in 2009-10, and won the 2008 Jack Adams Award. He became the fastest coach in modern day NHL history to win 200 games on Nov. 11, 2011, and recorded more wins (184) in his first 300 NHL games than any NHL coach.

Boudreau was named interim head coach of the Capitals on Nov. 22, 2007. On that date, Washington was 30th in the NHL standings. He led the club to a 37-17-7 finish as the Capitals won the Southeast Division. Boudreau, whose interim tag was removed on Dec. 26, 2007, became the second head coach to win the Jack Adams Award after taking over a team midseason. In 2008-09, Boudreau led the Capitals to their first playoff series win since 1988.

Before joining the Capitals, he spent parts of nine seasons as a head coach in the American Hockey League (AHL), including two seasons with Lowell (1999-2001), four seasons with Manchester (2001-05) and parts of three seasons with Hershey (2005-08). He won the 2006 Calder Cup and advanced to the 2007 Calder Cup Final.

Boudreau began his coaching career in the Colonial Hockey League with Muskegon (1992-93) and won the Commissioners' Trophy as the International Hockey League Coach of the Year in 1993-94 with Fort Wayne. He also served as head coach and director of hockey operations for Mississippi (ECHL), where he won the 1999 Kelly Cup.

Boudreau played parts of eight NHL seasons (1976-86) with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks recording 70 points (28-42=70) in 141 career games. The native of Toronto, Ont., was originally selected by the Maple Leafs in the third round of the 1975 NHL Entry Draft. He was also selected in the first round of the 1974 World Hockey Association Draft by the Minnesota Fighting Saints and skated in 30 games with the Fighting Saints in 1975-76. Boudreau tallied 165 points (68-97=165) in 69 games with the Toronto Marlboros in 1974-75, to win the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the leading scorer in the Ontario Hockey Association. 

He ranks 12th all-time in AHL scoring with 799 points (316-483=799) in 634 games. No AHL player in the 1980s notched more points than Boudreau. In 1987-88, he won the John B. Sollenberger Trophy (led AHL in scoring) and the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award (sportsmanship and dedication to hockey), and was a member of the 1992 Calder Cup champion Adirondack Red Wings. Boudreau was inducted into the AHL Hall-of-Fame in 2009.

He and his wife, Crystal, have four children: sons Ben, Andy and Brady, daughter, Kasey, two granddaughters and a grandson. Ben is an assistant coach with the Fort Wayne Komets in the ECHL and Andy is a strength and conditioning coach at the Banff Hockey Academy. The Boudreau's are part owners of the Minnesota Blue Ox in Coon Rapids of the United States Premier Hockey League, where Brady is a goaltender.

Bob Woods

Assistant Coach

Bob Woods is in his first season as an Assistant Coach with the Minnesota Wild after being named to the position on June 24, 2017. He recently served as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres during the 2016-17 season...

Before working with the Sabres, Woods spent two seasons (2014-16) as general manager and head coach of the Saskatoon Blades in the Western Hockey League (WHL).

This is the fourth time Woods is an assistant coach on Bruce Boudreau's staff, previously with the Anaheim Ducks (2012-14) and Washington Capitals (2009-12) in the NHL, and with the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2005-07. Woods was Boudreau's successor in Hershey, becoming head coach 15 games into the 2007-08 season after Boudreau was named head coach in Washington. Woods helped Hershey win the AHL's Calder Cup championship in 2006 and 2009.

A former defenseman, Woods played professional hockey for 13 seasons (1988-2001), including stops in the IHL, ECHL and AHL. He won a Calder Cup while playing with Hershey in 1997, and won the ECHL's Kelly Cup with the Mississippi Sea Wolves in 1999 - where Boudreau served as head coach. Woods was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2012 and was originally selected by New Jersey in the 10th round (201st overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. 

He and his wife, Mary Sue, have two sons: Brendan, who is on a PTO with Ottawa, and Colin, who plays hockey at Stevenson University.

 

Dean Evason

Assistant Coach

Dean Evason enters his first year as an Assistant Coach for the Minnesota Wild after being named to the position on June 6, 2018. He joined the Wild after spending six seasons (2012-18) as head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League (AHL), leading the team to a record of 242-161-53 (.588) ...

Prior to serving as the Admirals head coach, he spent seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals (2005-12), serving under current Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau for parts of five seasons (2007-12). During Evason's tenure with Washington, the Capitals went 294-206-74 (.576) and claimed four straight Southeast Division titles, advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his last five seasons (2008-12) and won the 2010 Presidents' Trophy. His responsibilities with the Capitals included faceoffs (Washington finished in the NHL's Top 10 in faceoff percentage in five of his seven seasons), the penalty kill (which finished as high as second in the League under his watch (2010-11) and being in charge of the team's forwards.

Prior to joining the Capitals, the Flin Flon, Man., native spent six seasons as a head coach in the Western Hockey League (WHL). He served as co-coach of the Calgary Hitmen in 2004-05, head coach of the Vancouver Giants for two seasons (2002-04) and head coach of the Kamloops Blazers for three seasons (1999-02).

Evason totaled 372 points (139-233=372) and 1,002 penalty minutes (PIM) in 803 career NHL games during 13 seasons (1983-96) as a center with the Capitals, Hartford Whalers, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames. He added 29 points (9-20=29) and 132 PIM in 55 Stanley Cup Playoff contests. Evason played three seasons with Wild General Manager Paul Fenton in the Hartford (1984-86) and San Jose (1991-92) organizations. He was originally selected by Washington in the fifth round (89th overall) of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft.

An honored member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, Evason served as a player/coach for Team Canada during the 1996-97 season, captaining the team to a gold medal at the 1997 World Championship. He retired as a player following two seasons as a player/coach with Landshut in the German League (1997-99).

Evason has three children, Bryce, Brianne and Brooke, and is married to Genevieve.

Darby Hendrickson

Assistant Coach

Darby Hendrickson is in his eighth season as an Assistant Coach with the Minnesota Wild. Hendrickson 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 PIM in 518 games in parts of 10 NHL seasons.

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. Prior to joining the Wild, Hendrickson served as a studio analyst for FOX Sports North and an analyst for KSTC-TV, Channel 45's coverage of the state high school hockey tournament, as well as a National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) Northwest Division Representative.

He and his wife, Dana, are the parents of four children: Mason, Addison, Beckett and Rennick.

Bob Mason

Goaltending Coach

Bob Mason is in his 16th year as Goaltending Coach for the Minnesota Wild. He is responsible for working with goaltenders throughout the Wild organization...

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, 2017), 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 of existence from 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 the Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, Quebec Nordiques and Vancouver Canucks.

He finished his NHL career with a 55-65-16 record and a 3.76 GAA in 145 games from 1984 to 1991. He also appeared in five Stanley Cup playoff games, posting a 2-3 record and a 1.95 GAA with Washington and Chicago. 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.

Mason and his wife, Victoria, reside in Bloomington.

Jonas Plumb

Video Coach

Jonas Plumb is in his seventh season as Video Coach for the Minnesota Wild. He is in charge of organizing the team's video requirements during the season...

Prior to joining the Wild, Plumb 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 National Hockey League's (NHL) Washington Capitals during the 2008-09 season with Head Coach Bruce Boudreau. He has also spent time with the Western Hockey League's (WHL) Vancouver Giants, where he helped the team win the 2007 Memorial Cup and the 2006 WHL Championship.

Sean Skahan

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Sean Skahan is in his second season as Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Minnesota Wild after being named to the position on June 20, 2016. He served in the same capacity for the Men's Ice Hockey and Field Hockey teams at Boston University in 2015-16...

Prior to joining the Terriers in the summer of 2015, Skahan spent 13 seasons as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Anaheim Ducks. During his time with the Ducks, the team advanced to the Stanley Cup in 2003 and won the 2007 Stanley Cup. 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 Masters degree in Kinesiology, he worked as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Minnesota (1999-2000) and earned his Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1998.

Skahan also holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (N.S.C.A.), Functional Movement Screen (F.M.S.), the Postural Restoration Institute (P.R.I.), and Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR).
He also presents at strength and conditioning conferences worldwide when his schedule permits and is also the author of Total Hockey Training.

Skahan and his wife, Hillary, have two sons, Will and Wyatt.