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Wild coach Dean Evason hires two former NHLers to complete his staff

A new era behind the bench in Minny.

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The Minnesota Wild have announced two new hirings and three contract extensions to complete their coaching staff for the 2020-21 season. Joining the team officially are newly hired Goaltending Coach Frederic Chabot and and newly hired assistant coach Brett McLean. Assistant Coaches Darby Hendrickson and Bob Woods and Video Coach Jonas Plumb have had their contract extended for the 2020-21 season.

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Chabot has actually been with the team since 2015, but this new contract officially brings him back on board. Chabot played 17 seasons of professional hockey (1989-2006) and appeared in a total of 32 NHL contests with the Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers. He spent a majority of his career in the International Hockey League (IHL) and was named the IHL's Most Valuable Player and Top Goaltender in 1999-2000 after going 36-19-7 with a 2.13 GAA and a .920 SV% in 62 games with the Houston Aeros. Chabot was also named best goaltender in the AHL (Baz Bastien Award) in 1993-94, MVP of the IHL in 1996-97 and best goaltender in the German League in 2002-03.

McLean spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the Iowa Wild (2017-20), helping Iowa to a record of 107-71-37 (.583). He owns an 18-year playing career that included 385 NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers. Over his NHL tenure, McLean collected 162 career points (56-106=162) in six seasons (2002-09). The former center played in seven different leagues from 1999-2017, compiling 1,111 pro games between the NHL, AHL, IHL, ECHL, SEL, Swiss-A and the Austrian League. The Comox, BC native also represented Canada many times during his career including at the U-18 level, the World Juniors and for six Spengler Cups, winning the Spengler Cup in 2012. He also won the Swiss-A championship in 2010. McLean completed his pro career in 2016-17 in Austria with Linz EHC. The former forward was originally drafted by the Dallas Stars in the ninth round (242nd overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He skated in 274 AHL games in six seasons, totaling 198 career points (72-126=198) with Cincinnati, Saint John, Houston, Norfolk and Rockford (1998-12). McLean and his wife, Brenna, have a daughter Darian, and two sons, Nixon and Nash.