PITTSBURGH (WCCO/KDKA) — Pittsburgh Penguins assistant general manager Bill Guerin has been named as the next general manager of the Minnesota Wild, and introduced at a Thursday morning press conference.
“I am thrilled to announce we have hired Bill Guerin, a four-time Stanley Cup champion, as General Manager of the Minnesota Wild,” Minnesota Wild Owner Craig Leipold said. “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.”
The Minnesota Wild confirmed the hiring of Guerin Wednesday afternoon.
“I am thrilled to announce we have hired Bill Guerin, a four-time Stanley Cup champion, as General Manager of the Minnesota Wild." — Craig Leipold
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) August 21, 2019
Last month, the Wild confirmed that they had let Paul Fenton go as the general manager of the hockey team.
Fenton’s firing was the result of bad trades and a lack of good new additions on the off-season. WCCO’s Mike Max added the locker room culture had long been seen as an issue.
Fenton was hired as general manager of the Minnesota Wild in May 2018, after 20 seasons in the front office with the division rival Nashville Predators. Then 58-year-old Fenton spent the previous 12 seasons as assistant GM for the Predators. He helped David Poile, the winningest general manager in NHL history, shape the roster that reached the Stanley Cup Final and won the Presidents’ Trophy with the best regular-season record for 2017-18.