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Minnesota Wild name former player Brett McLean new head coach of AHL affiliate in Iowa

Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the hiring of Brett McLean as head coach of the Iowa Wild.

McLean, 44 (8/14/78), spent the last three seasons (2020-23) as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Wild. During his tenure with the Wild, he helped the team to three consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff berths and a 134-63-23 (.661) regular-season record, the sixth-best point percentage in the National Hockey League (NHL) during that span. He returns to Des Moines after previously serving three seasons (2017-20) as an assistant coach for Iowa, during which time the club recorded an 107-71-37 (.583) regular-season record in American Hockey League (AHL) play.

Prior to his coaching career, the Comox, B.C., native played professionally as a forward for 18 seasons (1999-2017), compiling 1,111 games across seven different leagues (NHL, AHL, IHL, ECHL, SEL, Swiss-A and the Austrian League). Originally selected by the Dallas Stars in the ninth round (242nd overall) of the 1997 NHL Draft, McLean posted 162 points (56-106=162) in 385 career NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers from 2002-09. For his AHL career, he totaled 198 points (72-26=198) in 274 games with Cincinnati, Saint John, Houston, Norfolk and Rockford (1998-12). He recorded 406 points (181-225=406) in 329 games in five seasons (1994-99) in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with Tacoma, Kelowna and Brandon. McLean also represented Canada multiple times during his playing career, including at the Under-18 level, the 1998 IIHF World Junior Championship and for six Spengler Cups. He won the Swiss-A championship in 2010 and the Spengler Cup in 2012.

McLean and his wife, Brenna, have a daughter, Darian, and two sons, Nixon and Nash.

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