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Coaching Staff


Dean Evason

Head Coach

Dean Evason is in his first season as Head Coach of the Minnesota Wild after being named to the position on July 13, 2020. He was named interim Head Coach of the Wild on Feb. 14, 2020, and led the team to an 8-4-0 record (.667). Evason is in his second season with Minnesota after being named an Assistant Coach on June 6, 2018...

Evason 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, Evason spent seven seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Washington Capitals (2005-12). During his tenure with Washington, the Capitals went 294-206-74 (.576) and claimed four straight Southeast Division titles, advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his last five seasons (2008-12) and won the 2010 Presidents' Trophy. Prior to joining the Capitals, the Flin Flon, Man., native spent six seasons as a Head Coach in the Western Hockey League (WHL). Evason 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. The former forward added 29 points (9-20=29) and 132 PIM in 55 Stanley Cup Playoff contests. He 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. Evason retired as a player following two seasons as a player/coach with Landshut in the German League (1997-99). He was selected by Washington in the fifth round (89th overall) of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft.

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

Bob Woods

Assistant Coach

Bob Woods is in his third season as an Assistant Coach with the Minnesota Wild after being named to the position on June 24, 2017. He 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). ..

Woods was previously with 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 became the head coach 15 games into the 2007-08 season in Hershey. He 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. Woods was inducted into the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019, 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 recently signed a two-year contract with the Boston Bruins organization, and Colin, who plays hockey at Stevenson University.

Darby Hendrickson

Assistant Coach

Darby Hendrickson is in his 10th 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.

Brett McLean

Assistant Coach

Brett McLean was named an Assistant Coach for the Minnesota Wild on August 26. He spent the last three seasons (2017-20) as an Assistant Coach for the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL)...

During his tenure the Iowa owned a record of 107-71-37 (.583). McLean played 18 years of professional hockey including 385 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers. During his NHL tenure, he collected 162 career points (56-106=162) in six seasons (2002-09). The former center played in seven different leagues from 1999-2017, compiling 1,111 pro games between the NHL, AHL, IHL, ECHL, SEL, Swiss-A and the Austrian League. The Comox, BC native also represented Canada many times during his career including at the U-18 level, the World Juniors and for six Spengler Cups, winning the Spengler Cup in 2012. McLean also won the Swiss-A championship in 2010. He completed his pro career in 2016-17 in Austria with Linz EHC. The former forward was originally drafted by the Dallas Stars in the ninth round (242nd overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. McLean skated in 274 AHL games in six seasons, totaling 198 career points (72-126=198) with Cincinnati, Saint John, Houston, Norfolk and Rockford (1998-12). He and his wife, Brenna, have a daughter Darian, and two sons, Nixon and Nash.

Frederic Chabot

Goaltending Coach

Frederic Chabot was named Goaltending Coach for the Minnesota Wild on August 26. He spent the previous five seasons (2015-20) as the Wild's Goaltending Development Coach working with goalie prospects throughout the organization, including goaltenders playing for the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL), as well as Minnesota draft picks...

The former NHL netminder joined the Wild after serving as the Goaltending Coach for the Edmonton Oilers for five seasons (2009-14). Prior to working for the Oilers, he served as a Goaltending Consultant with Hockey Canada and its National Junior Team, helping Canada win a gold medal at the 2009 World Junior Championship. Chabot was also an instructor at Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp for three years (2007-09). The native of Hebertville-Station, Que., worked as a Goaltending Consultant with Berlin (DEL) in 2008-09, capturing the league championship with the Ice Bears. Chabot also worked with AIK Stockholm (SWE-2) from 2007-09, overseeing goaltending for the entire organization.
 
Chabot played 17 seasons of professional hockey (1989-2006) and appeared in a total of 32 NHL contests with the Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers. He spent a majority of his career in the International Hockey League (IHL) and was named the IHL's Most Valuable Player and Top Goaltender in 1999-2000 after going 36-19-7 with a 2.13 GAA and a .920 SV% in 62 games with the Houston Aeros. Chabot was also named best goaltender in the AHL (Baz Bastien Award) in 1993-94, MVP of the IHL in 1996-97 and best goaltender in the German League in 2002-03. He also backstopped the Vienna Capitals to the regular season and playoff championship in the Austrian League in 2004-05. He was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 10th round (192nd overall) of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. He and his wife, Suzanne, have a son, Gabriel, and reside in Quebec City.

Jonas Plumb

Video Coach

Jonas Plumb is in his ninth 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. 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. 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.

He and his fiancé, Kristen, live in Wayzata.

Sean Skahan

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Sean Skahan is in his fourth 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 Master's degree in Kinesiology, he worked as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Minnesota (1999-2000) and earned his Bachelor's 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 the author of Total Hockey Training.

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