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Rick Wilson
Assistant Coach

Rick Wilson is in his fifth season as an Assistant Coach with the Minnesota Wild.

Wilson spent the 2009-10 season as Associate Coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Prior to that, he served 16 seasons (1992-2009) as an Assistant and Associate Coach with the Stars franchise, winning a Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999. During his tenure with the club, Wilson helped lead the team to seven division titles, two Western Conference championships and two Presidents’ Trophies.

He served as Associate Coach for his final six seasons (2002-09) with the Stars, 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. Before being named Associate Coach, Wilson held the position of Assistant Coach with the Stars for 10 seasons (1992-2002), joining the club for the 1992-93 campaign in Minnesota. He served as interim Head Coach for 32 games during the 2001-02 campaign.

Wilson joined the Stars after coaching in Los Angeles for three seasons (1989-92). He served as an Assistant Coach with the New York Islanders for one year (1988-89) and was also an assistant on Canada’s National Junior Team that same year. Prior to his time with the Islanders, Wilson spent eight years (1980-88) with Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League where he helped lead the team to a Memorial Cup Championship in 1985. During his last two seasons in Prince Albert, he served as Head Coach and General Manager. 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.

A native of Prince Albert, Sask., Wilson was drafted by Montreal with the 66th overall selection in the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft and spent four seasons (1973-77) in the NHL as a defenseman for Montreal, St. Louis, and Detroit. During his NHL career he amassed 32 points (6-26=32) in 239 games.

He and his wife, Carol, are the parents of four children: Landon, Brooke, Barrett, and Brittany. The family resides in Woodbury.
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