Wild remove ‘interim’ tag from coach Evason, agree to two-year extension


Minnesota Wild interim head coach Dean Evason, right, speaks to his players along with assistant coach Darby Hendrickson during a timeout against the Washington Capitals during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 1, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. The Capitals won 4-3. (Hannah Foslien/AP)

The Minnesota Wild have removed Dean Evason’s “interim” tag and named him full-time head coach of the club, the team announced Monday.

Evason, who led the team to an 8-4-0 record after the firing of Bruce Boudreau on Feb. 14, has also signed a two-year extension through the 2021-22 season as part of the announcement.

“I am very excited to announce that Dean Evason is our full-time head coach,” said general manager Bill Guerin in a statement.

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

The former NHL forward is in his second season with the Wild after being named an assistant coach in June 2018. He had previously spent six seasons (2012-18) as head coach of the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals. Prior to his time with Milwaukee, Evason held the post of assistant coach with the Washington Capitals from 2005-12. The native of Flin Flon, Man., also was head coach of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants (2002-04) and Kamloops Blazers (1999-02), and was co-coach of the Calgary Hitmen (2004-05).

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