The Minnesota Wild were established in 2000 as one of two expansion teams granted from the NHL. The team got off to a very slow start, only making the postseason 3 times in their first 11 seasons. The team then went on a 6-season streak of making the playoffs, though they never made it very far. Head coach Bruce Boudreau is now entering his fourth season with the team, having led them to 3 seasons of winning records thus far. Some notable players for the Wild include Andrew Brunette, Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu.
Founding Year: 2000
City: St. Paul, MN
Number of Stanley Cups: 0
Owner: Craig Leipold
Head Coach: Bruce Boudreau
Stadium: Xcel Energy Center
History of the Minnesota Wild
In their short history, the Minnesota have yet to make a huge impact on the NHL. In their first two seasons under Coach Jacques Lemaire, the team failed to make the playoffs and finished last in their division. They reached the Northwest Conference Finals in their third season, but ended up losing to the Anaheim Ducks. After that loss, they returned to last place in their division for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons.
The team returned to the postseason in 2007 and 2008 but failed to make it past the quarter-finals. This led to a postseason-drought from 2009-2012, followed by 6-straight postseason appearances directly afterward. In the 2018-19 season, the team once again placed last in their division even with a winning record. The team is looking to return to the playoffs once more this season!
Wild All-Time Leaders
Here are some of the Wild all-time leaders for various categories: