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Bemidji summer resident Rick Wilson joins Wild staff as assistant coach

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Bemidji summer resident Rick Wilson joins Wild staff as assistant coach
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Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher Tuesday announced the National Hockey League club has named Rick Wilson assistant coach.

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Wilson, 60, spends his summers in the Bemidji area. He was an associate coach last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Prior to joining the Lightning he spent 16 seasons (1992-2009) with the Stars franchise as an assistant and associate coach, including the 1992-93 season as an assistant coach in Minnesota.

Wilson was an interim coach with Dallas in 2002, leading the Stars to a 13-11-7 record. He won a Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999. During his tenure with the Stars, Wilson helped lead the team to seven division titles, two Western Conference championships and two President's Trophies. He had most recently served as associate coach for six seasons, focusing on the team's defense and penalty kill. Under Wilson's guidance, the Stars finished in the top three for fewest goals against in the NHL during the 2007-08, 2006-07, 2003-04 and 2002-03 seasons.

Wilson began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the University of North Dakota from 1978-80 and was part of the Fighting Sioux's 1980 NCAA championship team. He spent the next eight seasons with Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League, winning the Memorial Cup in 1985 and serving as head coach the last two seasons.

Wilson was an assistant coach with the New York Islanders in 1988-89, and with Los Angeles from 1989-92. The Prince Albert, Sask., native played college hockey at the University of North Dakota for three seasons serving as captain in 1971-72. The defensemen recorded 32 points (6-26=32) in 239 career NHL games in four seasons with Montreal, St. Louis and Detroit from 1973-77. Wilson was originally selected by Montreal with the 66th overall selection in the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft.

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