ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Todd Richards has returned home to coach the Minnesota Wild. And the Minnesota native promises to bring a more exciting, up-tempo style with him.
The Wild introduced Richards as the second head coach in franchise history on Tuesday. The hiring completes a new power structure alignment that includes new general manager Chuck Fletcher.
Fletcher says Richards earned his trust while the two worked together with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.
The 42-year-old Richards replaces longtime Wild coach Jacques Lemaire. Richards is a native of the Twin Cities suburb of Crystal. He starred in college at the University of Minnesota.
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