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Wild retain Evason as full-time head coach

July 13 2020 6:51 PM

The Minnesota Wild made Dean Evason their full-time head coach, removing the interim tag from his title and giving him a two-year contract extension.

Wild general manager Bill Guerin announced the news on Monday in a statement.  

Evason was named interim coach on February 14 after the club fired Bruce Boudreau. Evason led the Wild to an 8-4-0 record before the NHL season was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

"Dean has done a fantastic job as our interim head coach and deserves this opportunity," Guerin said. "I look forward to watching our team under his leadership going forward."

The Wild are scheduled to begin their best-of-five series against the Vancouver Canucks on August 2, in Edmonton, Alberta, with the winner qualifying for the standard 16-team Stanley Cup playoffs bracket.  

Evason joined the club as an assistant coach before the 2018-19 season after spending the previous six seasons as a head coach in the American Hockey League. Before that, he was a long-time assistant with the Washington Capitals.  

Evason skated in 803 career NHL games as a forward from 1983-96, playing for five franchises but spending his most productive years with the Hartford Whalers.  

He reached career highs with 22 goals and 37 assists with Hartford in 1986-87 and finished his career with 139 goals and 233 assists.  

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