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Wild signs Evason, coaching staff to multi-year extensions

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ST. PAUL – Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed the head coach Dean Evason and the entire coaching staff, including assistant coaches Darby Hendrickson, Brett McLean and Bob Woods, goaltending coach Frederic Chabot and video coaches TJ Jindra and Jonas Plumb for multi-year contract extensions .

Evason, 57, was named full-time head coach of the Minnesota Wild on July 13, 2020 after being named interim head coach on February 14, 2020. He led the Wild to a record 62-29-7 (.668). in 98 games as a head coach. Minnesota ranks fourth in NHL goals scored (332), T-4 in wins, sixth in points percent (0.668) and T-7 in points (131) since February 14, 2020. During this period time, Minnesota has recorded four straight wins from five or more games.

Evason led the Wild to a 35-16-5 record in 56 games in his first full season as a head coach in 2020-21 as the team recorded the highest point percentage (0.670 ) and the second most wins and team points across 56 games in franchise history. He was named a finalist for the 2021 Jack Adams Award, awarded annually to the coach deemed to have contributed the most to his team’s success.

Evason joined the Wild as an assistant coach on June 6, 2018. Prior to joining the Wild, he spent six seasons (2012-18) as the head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals in the American League. of hockey (AHL), leading the team to a record 242-161-53 (.588). Prior to assuming the role of head coach of the Admirals, 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 won four straight Southeast Division titles, advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs during of 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 Hockey League. ‘West (WHL). Evason was 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).

He totaled 372 points (139-233 = 372) and 1,002 penalty minutes (PIM) in 803 career NHL games in 13 seasons (1983-96) as a center with the Capitals, Hartford Whalers, Sharks San Jose, the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames. Evason added 29 points (9-20 = 29) and 132 PIM in 55 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He was a player / coach for Team Canada during the 1996-97 season, captaining the team until a gold medal at the 1997 World Championship. Evason retired as a player after two seasons in 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 Draft.

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

Hendrickson is in his 12th 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 the Xcel Energy Center on October 11, 2000 against Philadelphia. The Richfield, Minnesota native has 60 points (29-31 = 60) in 182 regular season games with the Wild. Hendrickson also skated with Toronto, New York Islanders, Vancouver and Colorado, posting 129 points (65-64 = 129) and 370 IMPs in 518 games over 10 NHL seasons (1994-2004).

McLean is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild after being appointed to that position on August 26, 2020. He spent three seasons (2017-2020) as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild. Iowa before joining the Wild. McLean played 18 years of professional hockey, including 385 NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers. The former center played in seven different leagues from 1999 to 2017, compiling a total of 1,111 games in the NHL, AHL, IHL, ECHL, SEL, Swiss-A and Austrian League.

Woods is in his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Wild after being appointed to that position on June 24, 2017. Prior to joining the Wild, he was an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabers during the 2016-2017 season and spent two seasons (2014-16) as general manager and head coach of the Saskatoon Blades in the Western Hockey League (WHL). Woods also served as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks (2012-14) and Washington Capitals (2009-12) in the NHL, and with the Hershey Bears (AHL) from 2005 to 2007. He became the Head coach of the Bears after 15 games in the 2007-08 season and helped Hershey win the AHL Calder Cup championship in 2006 and 2009.

Chabot was named the Minnesota Wild goaltender coach on August 26, 2020. He has spent the previous five seasons (2015-2020) as the Wild’s goaltender development coach working with goalie prospects. goals across the organization, including goalies playing for the Iowa Wild, as well as as the Minnesota draft pick. The former NHL goaltender joined the Wild after coaching the Edmonton Oilers goaltender for five seasons (2009-14). Chabot played 17 seasons of professional hockey (1989-2006) and played in a total of 32 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers.

Jindra is in her second season with the Minnesota Wild as a video coach and her third with the organization after being hired as the video screening coordinator ahead of the 2019-20 season. Jindra brings extensive hockey knowledge to the Wild having served on multiple coaching teams across a variety of levels of hockey.

Plumb is in his 11th season as a video coach for the Minnesota Wild. He is in charge of organizing the video needs of the team during the season. Prior to joining the Wild, Plumb worked for Hockey Canada in 2010-2011, preparing videos for various men’s and women’s tournaments. He also worked for the Swedish men’s hockey team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and for the Washington Capitals during the 2008-09 season.

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