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Wild hire Bill Guerin as general manager

Updated: August 22, 2019 02:24 PM

Three weeks after suddenly dismissing Paul Fenton, the Minnesota Wild are hiring Bill Guerin as the franchise's fourth general manager.

Click the video box on this page to watch Bill Guerin's introductory press conference at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday, August 22nd

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KSTP Sports confirmed Guerin's hiring with a source that has knowledge of the situation. An official introduction is expected Thursday.

UPDATE: Wed 1:23p The Wild have officially announced Guerin's hiring

"I am thrilled to announce we have hired Bill Guerin, a four-time Stanley Cup champion, as General Manager of the Minnesota Wild," said Wild owner Craig Leipold in an e-mail statement. "Bill has been a winner throughout his hockey career and I am extremely pleased to be able to add his experience to our organization and The State of Hockey."

Guerin, 48, has been Pittsburgh's assistant general manager the last five seasons. He was the Penguins' player development coach from 2011-2014.

According to the Penguins team website, Guerin helped develop the Penguins' minor league, junior and college prospects as development coach, many of whom were key contributors to the team's 2016 and '17 Stanley Cup titles.

After New Jersey drafted him 5th overall in the 1989 Draft, Guerin played 18 NHL seasons with eight different teams.

He won two Stanley Cups - 1995 with New Jersey and 2009 with Pittsburgh - and He scored 429 career goals and 856 points in 1,263 career games.  He was the 8th American-born player to reach 400 goals and 400 assists.

Guerin is a native of Worcester, Massachusetts and attended Boston College.

He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013 and played on three U.S. Olympic hockey teams (1988, 2002, 2006).

Tom Kurvers, who served as the Wild's assistant GM under Fenton and was the team's interim GM during the search, still has two years remaining on his contract.

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