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2006 WCHA Final Five

The Wild have played their home games at the Xcel Energy Center since its first season.

The Minnesota Wild is an American professional ice hockey team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It plays in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] The Wild joined the NHL in 2000 as an expansion team with the Columbus Blue Jackets.[2] The Wild have played their home games at the Xcel Energy Center since its first season.[3] The majority of the Wild is owned by Craig Leipold, and Doug Risebrough is their general manager.[4]

There has been two head coaches for the Wild franchise. Jacques Lemaire, who coached the team from its inception to the end of the 2008–09 season,[5] complied a record of 574 regular-season games coached, 253 regular-season games won, 605 regular-season points, a .527 regular-season winning percentage, 29 playoff games coached, 11 playoff games won, and a .379 playoff winning percentage with the Wild. Lemaire has been awarded the Jack Adams Award with the Wild in the 2002–03 season. Todd Richards is the current head coach of the Wild, two months after Lemaire's resignation.[6]

KeyEdit

# Number of coaches[a]
GC Games coached
W Wins = 2 points
L Losses = 0 points
T Ties = 1 point
OT Overtime/shootout losses = 1 point[b]
PTS Points
Win% Winning percentage
* Spent entire NHL head coaching career with the Wild

CoachesEdit

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2008–09 season.

# Name Term[c] Regular season Playoffs Achievements Reference
GC W L T/OT PTS Win% GC W L Win%
1 Jacques Lemaire 20002009 656 293 255 108 694 .529 29 11 18 .379 2002–03 Jack Adams Award winner[7] [8]
2 Todd Richards 2009–present [6]

NotesEdit

  • a  A running total of the number of coaches of the Wild. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b  Before the 2005–06 season, the NHL instituted a penalty shootout for regular season games that remained tied after a five-minute overtime period, which prevented ties.[9]
  • c Each year is linked to an article about that particular NHL season.

ReferencesEdit

General
Specific
  1. Teams. NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2008-12-22.
  2. Pincus, Arthur (2006), The Official Illustrated NHL History, Readers Digest, ISBN 0-88850-800-X
  3. Arena Info. Xcel Energy Center. Retrieved on 2008-12-22.
  4. Minnesota Wild Business Staff. NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2008-12-22.
  5. Lemaire calls it quits in Minnesota. NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League (2009-04-11). Retrieved on 2009-04-20.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Wild hire Todd Richards as head coach. Associated Press (2009-06-15). Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
  7. Jack Adams Award. NHL. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2008-12-22.
  8. Jacques Lemaire Coaching Record. Hockey-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on 2008-12-22.
  9. Official Rules (PDF). NHL.com. Lincoln Hockey and the National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2008-12-21.

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