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Todd Richards

Todd Richards

Team Number: 0
Birth Date: 10/20/1966
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 194lbs.
Position: Head Coach
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On June 16, 2009, Todd Richards was named the new Minnesota Wild head coach, making him only the second head coach in Minnesota Wild history. Administration and fans alike both felt the time was ripe for new vision and leadership after a disappointing 2008-2009 season and Todd Richards fit the picture of what they expected from a new team leader. As an added benefit, Todd Richards was already a native Minnesotan—he was born and raised in Crystal, Minnesota and was eager to return to his home state.

Todd Richards was a strong hockey player in his day. In fact, hockey ran (or should we say “skated”?!) in the family: his younger brother, Travis Richards, was a hockey defenseman in the NHL. Todd was part of the 1985 NHL draft and was chosen in the 2nd round as the 33rd overall pick. Though the Montreal Canadiens had his rights, he continued to play for the University of Minnesota for four years.

The AHL called next and he started in 1989 with the Sherbrooke Canadiens, then the Hartford Whalers, and, finally, the Springfield Indians. Next stop was the IHL and he played two years with the Las Vegas Thunder and six years for the Orlando Solar Bears. By 2002, Todd Richards was ready to be done. He phased out his professional career by competing in Switzerland with the Geneve-Servette team.

Like many past athletes, Todd Richards soon was called to coach. He was an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Admirals and it was not a coincidence that he helped guide them to the playoffs each of the four years he was with the team. In 2006, Todd Richards became head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton team and led them to a winning record and second-place finish in the division.

Pro-coaching followed. Todd Richards became an assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks of the NHL for the 2008–09 season. And, as we know, weeks after the season ended, Todd Richards was dubbed head coach for the Minnesota Wild.

In his first season with the Minnesota Wild, Todd Richards got his first head coaching experience. Although the Minnesota Wild missed the playoffs, Todd Richards is prepared to bring the team back to a division title and playoff birth. We’ll be eagerly watching to see where he takes the team and how the season changes for the better in 2010-2011.

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