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Evason joins Minnesota coaching staff

The Minnesota Wild announced today that the club has named Dean Evason as an assistant coach.

Evason, 53, spent the last six seasons (2012-18) as head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League, leading the team to a record of 242-190-24 (W-L-SOL), four appearances in the Calder Cup Playoffs and a division title in 2015-16. He also served as head coach of the Central Division at the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic.

As Milwaukee’s head coach, Evason was instrumental in the development of many members of the Nashville Predators, including Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, Ryan Ellis, Colton Sissons, Austin Watson, Kevin Fiala, Frederick Gaudreau and Juuse Saros.

Evason becomes the seventh Admirals coach in the past 13 seasons to move on to the National Hockey League coaching ranks.

Before joining the Nashville organization, Evason spent seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals (2005-12), serving under current Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau from 2007-12.