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Wild add Hall of Famer Scott Stevens to coaching staff

New Jersey Devils v New York Islanders

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Assistant coach Scott Stevens works the bench against the New York Islanders during a preseason game at the Barclays Center on September 21, 2013 in Brooklyn borough of New York City.The game is the first professional hockey match to be held in the arena that is slated to be the new home for the Islanders at the start of the 2015-2016 season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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New Wild bench boss Bruce Boudreau has added a Hall of Famer to his staff.

Minnesota announced that they have hired Scott Stevens to serve as an assistant coach. He’s filling one of the vacancies left by the departures of Rick Wilson and Darryl Sydor.

Stevens participated in 1,635 regular season games and the retired defenseman had 196 goals and 908 points over that span. He won three championships with the New Jersey Devils and was the 2000 Conn Smythe Trophy winner.

More recently he served as an assistant coach with the Devils from 2012-14 and the team’s co-coach alongside Adam Oates for part of the 2014-15 campaign. After that experiment ended Stevens wasn’t retained as an assistant coach.

Boudreau is getting ready for his first season with the Wild after Anaheim fired him following its first round exit. He has a 409-192-80 regular season record between Washington and Anaheim, but he hasn’t guided an NHL team to a championship.


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