Wild name Evason full-time head coach

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The Minnesota Wild on Monday announced that interim coach Dean Evason has signed a two-year extension with the team and is now the full-time head coach.

"I am very excited to announce that Dean Evason is our full-time head coach," General Manager Bill Guerin said. "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."

Evason was named interim head coach on Feb. 14 after Bruce Boudreau was fired, and led the team to an 8-4-0 record before the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is in his second season with the team after being hired as an assistant coach on June 6, 2018. His extension runs through the 2021-2022 season.

A long-time assistant coach in the NHL, Evason joined the Wild after spending six seasons as head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League (2012-2018), seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals (2005-2012) and six seasons as a head coach in the Western Hockey League.

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